2 Million Cats will be killed by Australia Government!!
It’s no surprise that Australia’s recently announced plan to kill 2 million feral cats by 2020 received a lot of backlash. And after loud outcries from some very famous dissenters, the government is trying to defend its decision.
In Australia, feral cats — which were introduced by the first European settlers — have become a huge threat to native wildlife. They’re blamed for the extinction of several species unique to the country. Like many invasive species, they’re a little too good at killing the locals — and as they thrive and breed, the problem is only getting worse.
British singer Morrissey and French actress Bridgette Bardot, both veteran animal rights activists, have penned open letters to the government condemning the cull.
“The cats are, in fact, two million smaller versions of Cecil the lion,” Morrissey wrote, calling the cull “idiocy.”
Bardot panned the “animal genocide” as “inhumane and ridiculous.”
Because we domesticate them, branding cats as dangerous pests can be a tough pill to swallow. Even in Australia, pet cats are A-OK — as long as they’re neutered, microchipped, and not allowed to roam around hunting.
In an open letter that begins by thanking Bardot for her commitment to protecting wildlife, Australia’s Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews tried to defend his government’s position.
“We are home to more than 500,000 species, most of which are found nowhere else in the world. Our animals and plants define us as a nation, so when we lose them, we lost a part of who we are as a country,” Andrews wrote.
“But our wildlife has endured one of the highest extinction rates in the world. We have lost 29 unique Australian mammal species over the last 200 years. This represents 35 percent of the world’s modern mammal extinctions and is the highest rate of mammal extinctions in the world.”
He also pointed out that scientists estimate that Australia is home to about 20 million feral cats, and that they kill an average of five animals — bugs, lizards, small mammals and birds, and so on — each night. The cull of 2 million will focus on cats living in remote desert areas, where wildlife is most threatened. He pressed that the cull is just part of a larger effort, which will also include building fences to prevent feral cats from entering threatened areas. He defended the government’s decision stating the Australian wildlife has survived one of the world’s highest extinction rates. In the last 200 years, Australia lost 29 unique mammal species with feral cats as major contributors in the steep decline.
Humane Societies protest this mass killing of feral cats, stating it is inhumane to kill them. What do you think about it?
We must ask ourselves these questions:
Is the cull of feral cats the only solution?
Are there other solutions?
Isn’t life guaranteed for all?
Every day human beings commit killings. So should we kill humans too? (Those countries with the death penalty DO kill humans).
Share your ideas
Do you accept the killing of two million cats in Australia or you have an idea to stop this?
Today we kill cats; maybe tomorrow there will be the the killing of dogs; and then the birds!