African Serval cats in Georgia

African Serval cats in Georgia

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Natalie Kim started this petition to Governor Brian Kemp and

Today, February 4, 2021. We have a petition for the state of Georgia to regulate to possession of hybrid cats. Currently lower tier cats are legal, like the F4 cats which are Bengals. We would like for higher tier cats to be legalized. Specifically F1 cats such as the African Serval and other Savannahs. These cats are available for purchase in several states including Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Currently there are only four states in the United States of America have banned these Savannahs cats. These states include Rhode Island, Georgia, Hawai’i, and Nebraska. These are extremely friendly and domesticated cats. Just as with any other animal, it is dependent on the ownership of the person(s) taking good care of said animal. Dogs, other cats, even farm animals can be dangerous if not properly trained. 

Savannah cats are a hybrid between African Serval and domestic cats. It is slightly larger than a Bengal weighing up to 40 pounds which is still smaller than the average golden retriever. 
The reason they are banned in Georgia is because there were several incidents in the Buckhead area... but they were of larger cats such as a lynx and panther. Most of the incidents regarding African Servals have been of them missing or running away. There have been more incidents with larger dogs, but they are still perfectly legal. 

Overall the state of Georgia banned them due to an irresponsible owner, that had several bigger cats. We would like for this ban on Savannah cats to be lifted and allow us to properly train them just as in other cat and animals that are much larger in size. All the states surrounding us, Georgia, have them legalized. In these stressful times a Savannah is a great companion. They are very affectionate, playful, and intelligent. 

We hope you support us in making this sweet animal a part of our families. 

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