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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

Aug 17, 2018 Sandra Glavey
Aug 16, 2018 Shea Nace
Aug 16, 2018 shiping zhang
Aug 16, 2018 Heidi Siebens
Aug 15, 2018 Kelly Rogers
Aug 14, 2018 Lori Bryant
Aug 13, 2018 Victoria Bender
Aug 13, 2018 Sheylyn Jaymes Cats lives ARE important. Cats have feelings and can be trained and domesticated and are good for the environment. It's time Australia developed a Trap, Neuter and Return policy with ferals. This will save lives and help the environment.
Aug 13, 2018 Karen Chiera
Aug 13, 2018 Nadini Soyza
Aug 13, 2018 Joan Kelly
Aug 13, 2018 Shelley Reagan
Aug 13, 2018 Suzy Lowe
Aug 13, 2018 Shirley Petersen
Aug 13, 2018 Vangelis Seitanidis
Aug 13, 2018 Robin Shepard
Aug 13, 2018 JOANNA TWIGG
Aug 13, 2018 Heather Alexander
Aug 13, 2018 janna murphy
Aug 13, 2018 Betty Lininger
Aug 13, 2018 Stephanie Wood White people don't belong in Australia, either - ask the Aboriginal people how they feel about what YOU have done to destroy THEIR country - and LEAVE THE CATS ALONE.
Aug 13, 2018 Christy DuCharme
Aug 12, 2018 William Batt
Aug 12, 2018 Patricia Burgert
Aug 11, 2018 Marlena Lovewell
Aug 10, 2018 Victoria Powers
Aug 10, 2018 natasha damien
Aug 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 5, 2018 Rita Wolff
Aug 5, 2018 melody ragland
Aug 5, 2018 STEVE TARDIF
Aug 5, 2018 Jane Brownlow
Aug 4, 2018 Marcelo Gusmao
Aug 4, 2018 Alicyn Rivera
Aug 4, 2018 Chelsea Rivera
Aug 4, 2018 Rama Bharadwaj
Aug 4, 2018 Mary Quezada
Aug 3, 2018 Anne Romanow
Aug 2, 2018 Kathleen Scherman
Aug 2, 2018 Janet Roberts I've worked with TNR, used to have barns in the country where people would dump stray cats. Did a round up & gave cats immunization shots & spay or neutee & returned them to the barn. No more breeding no more soggy kittens and no more new cats!
Aug 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 2, 2018 Petra Achtzehnter
Jul 31, 2018 Mishelle Vislisel
Jul 31, 2018 Camille Clarke
Jul 31, 2018 Cyndee Kott
Jul 30, 2018 Ana Andre
Jul 30, 2018 Wendy Springstead
Jul 30, 2018 Luette Guilmette
Jul 29, 2018 Kimberly Flores

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