You cat lovers can breath a sigh of relief – it’s in Australia. For now.
The Australian government announced plans to cull up to 2 million feral cats by 2020 in a bid to preserve dozens of native species that authorities claim face extinction because of the cats’ predatory behavior.
Speaking to a national radio station, Gregory Andrews, the country’s first threatened-species Commissioner, said Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt “is declaring war on feral cats, and he’s asked me to take charge of that program.”
Hunt unveiled the five-year plan at a Melbourne zoo on Thursday, vowing to protect Australia’s native mammal and bird populations.
“We are drawing a line in the sand today which says, ‘On our watch, in our time, no more species extinction,'” Hunt said.
A line in the Australian sand. No. More. Cats.
In fact, 2 million less of them. Read more »