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Tell the Australian Environment Minister, Greg Hunt and Gregory Andrews, the country's first Threatened-Species Commissioner to stop killing feral cats!

Australia has declared "war" on feral cats. The federal government plans to kill 2 million feral cats by 2020.[1] They claim the feral cats are to blame for native small mammal species becoming close to extinction. Cats are predators and excellent hunters but that cannot be held against them. It is their instinct just like any other animal to find food to sustain life.

All of Australia's states and territories have agreed to list feral cats as "pests." The government is planning on "unleashing every weapon in its arsenal" to kill over 2 million feral cats. On top of that they are providing $5 million to community groups for foot soldiers. The bulk of the government funding for the plan will go to administering the culls, which will involve baiting, shooting or poisoning feral cats.[2] This is NOT the most humane or effective solution!

Trap, neuter and release(TNR) is the best way to handle overpopulation. This method humanely traps cats, then they are spayed or neutered, and then returned to their colony. TNR is cost-effective and an efficient way of lowering the feral cat population. A study done by University of Central Florida found a reduction of 85% of the cat population over 11 years with TNR. [3] TNR helps maintain the ecological balance of predator and prey. If all the cats are removed then the prey will be overpopulated. The large increase in prey population can devastate the vegetation and other species of the area. A gradual decline in the number of feral cats with TNR will allow the prey population to increase slowly and maintain balance in the local ecosystem.

Australia has one of the worst extinction records in the world with 1,800 species listed as under threat. That is not all because of feral cats. Let us not forget humans and our impact on their environment and resources.

Sign now to tell Australia to adopt TNR to reduce the number of feral cats. The best way to preserve native small mammal species and feral cats can be a humane solution where both co-exist. Killing one species to preserve another is not ethical.

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To Australia's Threatened-Species Commissioner the Australian Environment Minister

The war on feral cats needs to end now and you need to resort to a humane option! Feral cats are innocent animals and killing them is wrong. There is a humane method you can try to help control the number of feral cats.

War should always be a last resort and should never be declared on animals. Trap-Neuter-Return is a method that will reduce the number of cats while not resorting to killing them. It is the most ethical and humane option. There are many studies that prove it works.

Cats are natural predators and cannot be killed for doing what comes natural to them. They are only trying to sustain life. I urge you to change your method to TNR and save countless cats.

Australia does not want to be known as the cat killing country. They deserve to live. Killing one species to preserve another is not ethical.

Thank you for your swift and prompt action on this.

Petition Signatures

Jan 17, 2018 Anna Borys-Malek
Jan 16, 2018 (Name not displayed) You should be ashamed of yourselves & your country. It is WRONG to torture & kill innocent animals because of irresponsible & selfish humans! Stop being so ignorant & heartless. There's a better & more humane way to deal with this. Please use TNR instead!
Jan 16, 2018 Mary Lash
Jan 16, 2018 Dona LaSchiava GET EVOLVED AUSTRALIA! You have a human irresponsibility problem! Implement low cost spay/neuter and adoption programs! Cats do not abandon themselves and cannot neuter themselves!
Jan 16, 2018 Pat Annoni
Jan 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 16, 2018 leslie pace Shooting cats is an exercise in futility with a proven record of failure. TNR has a proven record of reducing the feral cat problem population. Do a little research and then do the right thing.
Jan 16, 2018 Kaly Silva
Jan 16, 2018 Kathryn Mitchell
Jan 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 16, 2018 Susan Davies
Jan 16, 2018 Meg Blanchard
Jan 16, 2018 Barbara Gregory
Jan 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 16, 2018 Irene Lutz
Jan 16, 2018 Mary Wylie
Jan 16, 2018 aya oda
Jan 16, 2018 Carla Pawlowski
Jan 16, 2018 Elizabeth Dodd
Jan 16, 2018 Kathleen Peterson
Jan 16, 2018 Judith Ashton
Jan 16, 2018 Brenda Ivany Stop this cruelty. Start a trap spay/neuter and release program.
Jan 16, 2018 Rita Leone
Jan 16, 2018 Susan Hildreth
Jan 16, 2018 Tedford Rose TNR is the way to go.
Jan 16, 2018 Patrice Johnson
Jan 16, 2018 dottie becther Please do not kill the feral cats. Please, Please use the TNR method. Thank you.
Jan 16, 2018 Brianna Kohlenberg
Jan 16, 2018 Patressa Kearns Protect these cats' lives, don't take their lives away. That kind of no-thought action is barbaric and shows lack of emotional intelligence. TNR is a viable, humane option. I agree: "Killing one species to preserve another is not ethical."
Jan 16, 2018 Catherine Ricci
Jan 16, 2018 freddie williams
Jan 16, 2018 Janis Bates
Jan 16, 2018 Kathy Benshoof These feral cats need to be rehabilitated and neutered
Jan 16, 2018 Kim Anthony Feral cats are the unfortunate outcome of people's irresponsibility. It's human fault, not feline. Please don't kill the cats because of human stupidity.
Jan 16, 2018 Theresa Crovello
Jan 16, 2018 Kris Lacy
Jan 16, 2018 Susan Pittman
Jan 16, 2018 Adam Marre
Jan 16, 2018 Angela Moy
Jan 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 16, 2018 Al Moorhouse In several I know about, feral cats are humanely trapped and "neutered," then returned to their area. They can't multiply, and they allow no other to enter.
Jan 16, 2018 Christine Robertson
Jan 16, 2018 Norma Sutcliffe
Jan 16, 2018 Debbie Penders
Jan 16, 2018 Lynn Sentenn
Jan 16, 2018 Tana Bronk
Jan 16, 2018 Brad Bronk
Jan 16, 2018 Deborah Spencer
Jan 16, 2018 Johann Hauer
Jan 16, 2018 Elisabeth Bechmann

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