Australia declares 'war' on feral cats

Australia Declares A 'War' On Cats

The Australian government has declared a "war" on cats, announcing they plan to kill 2 million feral cats within the next five years.

Gregory Andrews, Australia's first Threatened Species Commissioner says Environment Minister Greg Hunt is leading the charge.

"Of the 29 mammals that we've lost to extinction, feral cats are implicated in 28 out of those 29 extinctions, and over 120 Australian animals are at risk of extinction from feral cats," Andrews told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. "It's very important to emphasise too that we don't hate cats. We just can't tolerate the damage that they're doing anymore to our wildlife."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: A cat wanders the grounds of the Los Angeles Flower Market on June 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Some local business owners participate in the Working Cats program, which uses feral or 'Community Cats' to repel rodents from their stores. (Photo by Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
A stray cat is pictured at La Recoleta cemetery in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on June 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO/EITAN ABRAMOVICH (Photo credit should read EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images)
Sunny, a 1-year-old stray cat, was taken in by PAWS Chicago after being rescued by city animal control workers. Sunny suffered from frostbitten ears. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
CORFU - OCTOBER 04: Stray feral mother white cat, Felis catus, nursing her cute black kittens at Paleokastritsa in Corfu, , Greece (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)

According to the Washington Post, feral cats are the biggest threat to endangered mammals in Australia, a country that has one of the worst extinction records in the world. Some of the mammals on the verge of extinction include the greater bilby, eastern bettong, western quoll, and the numbat.

The government is asking Australian cat owners to contain, desex, and microchip their pets to aid the initiative.

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