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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

Jun 17, 2018 Mary Riker
Jun 17, 2018 Beth O'Brien
Jun 17, 2018 Sharon Santo
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 17, 2018 Karen Millet Killing these feral cats must stop NOW! Just T-N-R which will reduce the numbers and is the right thing to do.
Jun 17, 2018 dallas buckley
Jun 17, 2018 Rita Vallet
Jun 17, 2018 Priscilla Lai
Jun 17, 2018 Yanky Ng
Jun 17, 2018 Julia Villafuerte
Jun 17, 2018 Luiza Rangel
Jun 17, 2018 Thomas Rangel
Jun 17, 2018 Kiku Rangel
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 17, 2018 marie-luce baron
Jun 17, 2018 Nick Sorensen
Jun 17, 2018 LINDA SHANNON
Jun 17, 2018 Michelle Mitchell
Jun 16, 2018 Lee Alexander
Jun 16, 2018 Dianne PunKay
Jun 16, 2018 Deborah Smith Trap, neuter, and return cats to their original environment. Don't kill them!
Jun 16, 2018 patty langford catch, spay & neuter, then release. this HUMANELY CURTAILS THE OVERPOPULATION PROBLEM.
Jun 16, 2018 Roslyn Chastain
Jun 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 16, 2018 Susan Chamberlain
Jun 16, 2018 Beth Martinez
Jun 16, 2018 Barbara Nekola
Jun 16, 2018 Steve Mac
Jun 16, 2018 Diane DeLong
Jun 16, 2018 Jewel Clark
Jun 16, 2018 Kathryn Flom
Jun 16, 2018 Renee Wallace I would hope that Australia comes to it's senses what they are doing is barbaric and TNR has been proven to work.
Jun 16, 2018 Gina Fendeu
Jun 16, 2018 Coralie DeWald Please Australia decision-makers: You are a better country than one to butcher cats because you are not willing to do what is right. Spay and neuter is the most effective, most humane, and intelligent method to use. Please do the right thing, soon!
Jun 16, 2018 Diana Wallace
Jun 16, 2018 (Name not displayed) shame
Jun 16, 2018 (Name not displayed) how would you like to be hunted
Jun 16, 2018 (Name not displayed) no more deaths
Jun 16, 2018 Ellen Lawrenson
Jun 16, 2018 Cheryl Beatty Shame on you.
Jun 16, 2018 Diana Mautino
Jun 16, 2018 Laura Yamase
Jun 16, 2018 Mary Staley We do TNC here and it is very effective. Don't kill the cats...they can be very beneficial!
Jun 16, 2018 LYN LYLES
Jun 16, 2018 Jill Keogh I concur and agree with all those points listed in the open letter to Australia's Threatened-Species Commissioner - Trap, neuter, return is the most humane way of dealing with this problem, if it is a problem!
Jun 16, 2018 William Probst This is in humane and should stop. Humans are usually the cause of extinction. What about all the disease carrying rats these animals kill. They were part of the Black Death in Europe. There has to be a better way to solve this problem.
Jun 16, 2018 Pamela Krueger
Jun 16, 2018 jackie alcott
Jun 16, 2018 michelle ponton
Jun 16, 2018 Karen de Arment

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