Under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), as administered by the Department of the Environment and Energy, and the Biosecurity Act 2015, as administered by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources the importation into Australia of the Bengal cat above fifth filial is prohibited.
A fifth filial Bengal is considered to be a domestic cat by the Australian government while higher filials are regarded as wildcat hybrids.
A 5th filial Bengal cat is five generations from the wild and the wild cat half of the Bengal cat is the diminutive but highly independent and untameable Asian leopard cat.
An importer must provide a proper, certified pedigree and prove that the cat is fifth filial. Without the documentary evidence the cat will be barred from entry into Australia.
You can contact the Department of the Environment and Energy on +61 2 6274 2678 or email: ex************@en*********.au for more information.
Applications to import need to accompany the breed’s name and a signed declaration that the cat is permitted entry to Australia under the rules.
I have a question over Bengal cat breeders in Australia. Breeders will have cats of higher filial, perhaps F1s. I have tried to find out if they are permitted without success. Logically breeders should not possess breeding cats above F5s. If someone can clarify this point I’d be pleased. I suspect F1s are allowed by breeders under restrictions.
P.S. There is a petition online to change the law on importing Bengal cats into Australia. A friend of mine, Martin Stucki who owned A1 Savannahs at the time wanted to breed Savannah cats (or import them) in Australia as I recall. His intention was firmly rebutted and he continues to live in America. I think he lives in Montana and runs a beautiful hotel.
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