It’s 10 PM. Do You Know Where Your Cat Is?

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Our cuddly cats are ruthless serial killers that kill billions of animals worldwide. Many of their unfortunate victims are birds, especially in Iceland. Iceland is home to both the furry murderers and migratory birds that have grown used to not having any natural predators. To curb their killing sprees, Icelanders have discussed nighttime curfews for cats. All cats in towns must be locked indoors, preventing them from wreaking havoc on the ecosystem when they’re most active. However, this doesn’t stop stray cats, who will continue their murder sprees unbothered. Read full article here

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