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Australia To Murder 2 Million Feral Cats To Protect Native Species

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Australia’s leaders have announced a controversial new plan to “cull” 2 million feral cats in order to protect native species.

According to RT News [1]:

“The feral cat will be listed as a harmful pest and hunted down through various methods,” said Greg Hunt, the Australian federal environment minister, while presenting the new strategy at a Melbourne zoo, International Business Times reports. “Culling methods will include baiting, shooting or poisoning,” he added.

Australia’s first threatened-species commissioner, Gregory Andrews, attempted to explain the government’s position on national radio. According to Andrews, “It is very important to emphasize that we don’t hate cats. We just can’t tolerate the damage that they’re doing anymore to our wildlife … Over 120 Australian animals are at risk of extinction from feral cats. So the scientific evidence is crystal clear that they’re the biggest threat.”

The government is going to establish 10 feral cat-free enclosures which will be among the largest fenced in habitat areas in the Northern Territory. Cats will also be killed in 10 million hectares in neighboring areas.

Along with eradication of feral cats, the strategy includes three more key elements: creating safe havens for species and emergency intervention to avert extinctions.

Australia is to allocate $6.6 million for implementation of the strategy. It also hopes to get some money from private donators, however. “What I’d like to see is additional funding from others. The whole idea here is putting out a prospectus. There are other projects we want to encourage. We want to encourage with this prospectus private, philanthropic, NGO and state and territory additional support,” said Hunt as cited by the Guardian.

Australia lost about 130 wildlife species after Europeans arrived on the continent. Nowadays, many other native species are endangered. Some 20 mammal, 20 bird, and even more plant species are currently under state protection.

“We are drawing a line in the sand today which says ‘on our watch, in our time, no more species extinction’. It’s tough, it’s a challenge, we can do much and we can do better”, said the environment minister.

There are 10 mammal species regarded by the Australian government as a priority for protection. They are the numbat, mala, mountain pygmy-possum, greater bilby, golden bandicoot, brush-tailed rabbit-rat, eastern bettong, western quoll, Kangaroo Island dunnart and eastern barred bandicoot.

Two other critically endangered mammals, the leadbeater’s possum and the central rock rat, will benefit from “emergency interventions”.

It is not the first time Australia has waged ‘war’ against intrusive species. Previously, cane toads and European wild rabbits were targets of similar campaigns. However, arguably the most famous Australian animal cull had little to do with environment: in 1932, during “the Great Emu War,” Australian army forces killed thousands of emus with machine guns because the birds were causing damage to wheat crops.

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[1] http://www.rt.com/news/310149-australia-war-cats-environment/

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  • Miss.Anne Thropee

    I can think of many more living things that are even more problematic to Australia, and I’ll give you a hint : The are two-legged, and are native to Vietnam, China, and other South Asian countries. But? Unlike the ‘nasty feral cats’ (which became that way because of owners being irresponsible, whom are also of the two-legged variety…) It could even be said that these Feral felines, unlike humans, do not have any clue that when they were born, they were going to be killed–killed…culled, tomato, tomaa-to–because they live by the Law of Nature…I mean, in contrast to the two-legged species not natural to Australia, whom, despite efforts to also stop their migration-due to the plants, drugs, crime, and general nastiness-has failed due to the financial aspects. I do wonder if these innocent wild animals had money to spend, and were especially very good at picking fruit…would change Australia’s decision as to what or whom they deem better for the economy.
    But hey, who am I to judge? After all, we are all aware that in the end, the two-legged invasive species will be all too glad to ingest said felines. Although, I think they will also have a problem with the choice of killing methods, rendering the feline meat useless to the otherwise delicious delicacy that require the meat to be seasoned alive. Otherwise? You just may have found a much more profitable way to look the other way, kill and make profit. Look at how well they have culled so many other species to heights of extinction.

    G’luck with that mates…

    • http://flyswattershow.com/ Laura Ross

      I would venture to guess most of Austrailia’ s two-legged environmental pests are native to Europe, particularly the British Isles. But yeah, let’s be bigoted against Asians.

      • Miss.Anne Thropee

        Asians?? I never said that…funny how people can read into things….Hmmm?

        (BTW? you misspelled Australia…)