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Australia To Begin the Extermination of Millions of Feral Cats With Poison Pellets — 24 Comments

  1. And when ferals cats and feral foxes are gone and the indigenous wildlife continues to decline, will Australians stop carving up the habitat with roads and fences? Will they stop the urban sprawl and industrial sprawl? Will they eradicate the introduced cattle, horses, pigs, goats and sheep that eat the vegetation and tear up the fragile soil with their hard hooves – and which compete with native graziers? The worst of the damage is done by humans and agriculture. The other creatures do what instinct tells them, but humans supposedly have intellect, but despite their intellect they are destroying the environment and then blaming every other mammal except themselves. Soon they will find that other vulnerable animals fall prey to poison bait and they will vilify anything and everything apart from homo sapiens.

  2. Yes humans judge and demolish what they create. It always the non-human animal’s fault when it’s really the humans fault!!!! Humans say they are smarter then non-human animals; then prove it by spaying and neutering your pets!

  3. Michael, can you tell me where this was reported? (In a Western Australia newspaper?) I haven’t heard about it and I doubt it could happen in the whole of Australia. There are some state governments that go ahead and do something like this, but it never happens in every state. I’m in NSW, which has very strong regulations for companion animals, e.g. microchipping, registration etc. I’m also somewhat involved in animal welfare issues in the state and I don’t think interested organisations and politcal parties in NSW would let something like this happen (poison pellets). I suppose it could happen in WA, but I think it’s probably a media beat up, as you and others suggested. I do believe there is a problem with cats killing native wildlife, but there is still a lot of controversy about the issue. I don’t think there is any agreement on how big the problem really is and how to solve it.

  4. I live in Australia and sadly there are a lot of cat haters here. Cats and so called feral cats which includes stray and homeless pet cats are demonized by the media. Cats are blamed for everything to do with wildlife and also in suburbia. The laws for law abiding cat caretakers are draconian in some States, but it does not stop the irresponsible people from not bothering to desex their cats. I think this poison could very well backfire and affect other species or cause an agonising prolonged and will undoubtedly be taken by pets as well. How will these people know what cat is feral or not. I have travelled to Central Australia and never seen a huge feral cat – I believe it is a different breed, or it has been dreamed up to use as anti-cat propaganda. We are not allowed to do TNR as it is illegal in Australia, so there is not even that option to help feral cat colonies. Where I used to live there were cats allowed to breed around farms and their numbers became a problem, but they looked just like domestic cats, not some weird super sized cat! I am embarrassed to be Australian in this instance and am totally against this. I hope there is a petition to protest against this.

    • Thanks Pippa. Interesting comment. I also believe that the poison bait extermination will backfire badly. You make a good point about outside domestic cats. I assume there are quite a few outside cats in Australia. I believe the government have used scientists to malign the feral cat and then used the media to spread the false information. This is why people have learned to hate stray cats. I may be wrong but that is my gut feeling.

  5. This is NOT the way to deal with feral cats. It is animal abuse. Australian authorities need to do what other countries do and that is sterilize these animals. Humans caused this problem. Why should animals have to suffer because of our mistakes?

    • Thanks Anne Marie. The Aussies have created a “problem” as they see it that they can’t fix. Mass slaughter is a desperate and inhumane measure. They ignore the damage they are doing to native species. The human is far more destructive than the cat.

  6. I’m sure there was considerable thought into this approach, but I wonder if a Trap-Neuter-Release program combined with other programs/policies would be a better way to go. Can’t help but think of the cane toad and possible unintended consequences to leaving poison pellets in the environment.

  7. This is horribly sad and cruel. When does the war on cats end? When will humans take responsibility for the harm they do? This just sickens me. Poison is always a slow painful death. How could they!?

    • When will humans take responsibility for the harm they do?

      My sentiments entirely. People created these cats. They should deal with them humanely. Aussies are behaving unethically. As you say there will millions of hours of pain and agony in Australia over the coming years amongst the cats. If there is a god may there be a balance in the natural order of things and may the people who are doing this pay a heavy price.

  8. This is so sad. I hope they keep a few males and a few females. These cats are so unique and beautiful.Look at their long legs and markings. How could anyone be proud of this killing which is taking place right now ? Will it ever be outlawed ? I have to wonder and can only hope this mass extermination will be abolished.

  9. There is a total lack of compassion where that is concerned. Maybe “if” they had TNR programs in place. Instead of just killing them…and it’s doubtful if they care or not if it’s someones pet. VERY SAD!!!!

  10. I’m, actually, shocked that any civilized country would do this.
    Even though ferals are a controversy here in this country, I don’t think that mass extermination would be tolerated. I can, easily, see protests everywhere.

  11. It’s obvious that they didn’t bother to consult with any cat/feral experts and are clueless about any vacuum effect or how this dilemma was created in the first place. Eradicating a problem has to be addressed at the source, ie. MANDATORY NEUTERING!!!

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