Stop the culling of feral cats and implement alternative ethical solutions.
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Cat lovers, Rescues of Australia, UNITE to stop the mass culling of the un-owned cat populations and help to provide an alternate solution! None of us wish to see native species being wiped out for any reason, however, the statistics on feral cats and their impact on our Australian wildlife species is not based on factual evidence. There are many other factors contributing to the decline of our native species such as foxes, dingo's cane toads, snakes, spiders, rodents, deer, boars, wild horses but the main contributor is HUMANS! Millions of our native wildlife are wiped out by humans every year due to farming, mining, land development, transport, pollution, poisons and the decimation of natural habitat but still we blame it solely on the cats? Yet Mr Abbot has approved a mass cull of feral and stray cats in Australia based on unproven figures provided by Greg Hunt, arch cat nemesis and coal mine fan. Greg Hunt says "There are up to 20 million feral cats taking up to four native Australian animals a night. That is over 20 billion Australian native species being destroyed a year." None of these figures are based on factual research, yet Mr Abbott has approved $6.6 million dollars of tax payers money into a program to eradicate 2 million cats over the next 5 years? Abbott plans using poison bait molded into sausages, shooting them, hunting dogs and any other weapon of mass eradication to kill every cat that isn't indoors.
The elimination will involve the use of detector dogs, fencing, and shooting, as well as the use of a new poison bait called "Curiosity," which has been developed by the government and a private biotech company over several years.
A toxic compound in the bait stops the flow of oxygen within the poisoned cat, and is described in the government's plan as "The new humane feral cat bait." It will be placed inside pieces of meat that are molded to resemble sausages." I don’t think starving an animal of oxygen is very humane at all do you?
Not only will feral cats in the outback be targeted, any cat within a community is also at risk of being culled. Any person with an app to report a stray cat in their area will be contributing to data about cats in their community. This means that anyone who sees a cat, in the community, whether it be owned by someone or not, is asked to report it. That information will then be used to target so called 'hot spots' in the community for the eradication plan. So, for example if your neighbour or neighbours have a particular hate for your pet moggy who is lying in the sun on the front lawn, they can enter that info into the app. Your pet moggy will then be identified as a stray cat and is in need of eradication along with every other cat that is logged in that area. Cat haters and animal cruelty lovers will no doubt abuse the use of this app and place thousands of loved family pets at risk of being targeted for killing.
We must STOP this inhumane, unethical and abhorrent killing, of yet to be proven guilty of killing all of our native wildlife, cats in Australia. There is no one perfect solution for feral animal eradication but there are other ways in which to humanely and ethically manage cat populations in Australia, Trap Neuter Return has been proven to work in greatly reducing and managing the numbers of stray and feral cats in other countries, with great success. Yet no consideration has been given to approve the use TNR practices here in Australia, even with factual, research based evidence to show that it does work. I implore you to sign this petition to save the un-owned cat populations and to demand the government to legalize, support, fund and implement TNR programes, in Australia for a start and to tighten regulation of cat ownership, put in place measures to control the population such as enforcing laws for keeping cats contained as dogs must be; to protect wildlife, mandatory desexing unless a breeders license is obtained after stringent legislation is created for the grounds of breeding an animal, shut down backyard breeders and enforce harsher penalties, prohibit the selling or giving away of undesexed cats, provide subsidised programs for low cost/no cost desexing to make it widely available to all Australians, provide funding and or grants for small community based rescues to assist in colony management and education programs in the community and to end the culling of cats immediately!
Stop the inhumane, unethical culling of feral and un-owned cat populations in Australia with the use of poison baits, shooting, tracker dogs and apps that will be abused to provide misleading information on un-owned cat populations. It’s time for change, it’s time to try a different way, provide intelligent and humane solutions designed to properly care for, and ultimately reduce the free roaming cat population. You will never completely eradicate the feral cat populations using outdated and inhumane methods. We need to take a different approach, decades of trapping and killing community and feral cats has hopelessly failed to reduce the un-owned cat populations so why would you waste millions of tax payers dollars to fund another attempt that will also fail? Instead we ask you to legalize, implement and invest the money into Trap Neuter and Return programs in Australia. TNR is a PROVEN method to humanely and ethically, greatly reduce the free roaming cat populations permanently without the use of toxic baits, bullets and apps. Tighten regulation of cat ownership and put in place measures to control the population such as enforcing laws for keeping cats contained as dogs must be; to protect wildlife, mandatory desexing unless a breeders license is obtained obtained after stringent legislation is created for the grounds of breeding an animal , shut down backyard breeders and enforce harsher penalties, prohibit the selling or giving away of undesexed cats, provide subsidised programs for low cost/no cost desexing to make it widely available to all Australians, provide funding and or grants for small community based rescues to assist in colony management and education programs in the community. Australia is far behind the rest of the world with our animal management programs, it is an embarrassment to us. Mr Abbott, catch up with the rest of the world and change our current inhumane practices and show that we believe in modern, ethical ways that are effective for feral animal management for the long term.
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