Don’t Murder 2 Million Feral Cats in Australia

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Target: Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt

Goal: Don’t unnecessarily murder two million feral cats.

Australia recently announced a plan to kill two million feral cats in the country because they are “harmful,” despite the fact that animal rights groups say this won’t do much to help.

The Australian Environment Minister claims the cats will be killed humanely, but is there really a way to murder innocent animals who are just trying to survive? French actress Brigitte Bardot condemned the minister’s plan in an open letter, saying, “This animal genocide is inhumane and ridiculous. In addition to being cruel, killing these cats is absolutely useless since the rest of them will keep breeding.”

Bardot said the money set to murder innocent animals would be better used to sterilize them and decrease the population in that nonviolent way. The government plans to shoot and poison the animals.

Considering feral cats stem from domesticated cats who became wild, sterilization seems much more fair. These animals didn’t ask to be abandoned from their homes and forced to survive in the wild. Tell Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt to not unnecessarily murder two million feral cats and instead consider more humane options.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt,

You recently announced a plan to kill two million feral cats in the country who it says are harming native species, despite the fact that animal rights groups say this won’t do much to help. You claim the cats will be killed humanely, but is there really a way to murder innocent animals who are just trying to survive?

I agree with Brigitte Bardot that the money set to murder innocent animals would be better used to sterilize them and decrease the population in that nonviolent way rather than your plan to shoot and poison the animals.

Considering feral cats stem from domesticated cats who became wild, sterilization seems much more fair. These animals didn’t ask to be abandoned from their homes and forced to survive in the wild. I urge you to not unnecessarily murder 2 million feral cats and instead consider more humane options.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Benny Mazur

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101 Comments

  1. FANTASTIC NEWS!
    Wish more countries will follow suit.
    Kill’em all!!

    JAU

    • You re just an idiot.

    • Stupid POS i’d like to take a bat to you worthless waste of air.

    • Actually, you Jostein and people who think like you are we need less of… The world needs to kill you all off instead!!!

      • Malcolm McFarlane says:

        Get a brain Zarina. You are ruled by your emotions.

        • Karin Holtzhausen says:

          Seriously? Howabout tryingsomething original? Ordid you onlyrecentlylearn tocopyand paste?wishing for innocentcreatures tobekilledisthe sentiment ofsomeone who needs toget a brain!

        • You should get a brain and use it to learn neurology 101. Being emotional or ruled by emotions is having a brain!
          By the way, you are an a hole. Cheers!

    • Jaime Perez says:

      That’s just hateful!

    • If that is suppose to be a joke, then it’s a sick one that only a demented individual would make. If you were actually serious, though, then you are even sicker and more demented than stated above. Either way, the world could use a lot less people like yourself and more kind, compassionate, intelligent humans.

    • Malcolm McFarlane says:

      How about some empathy for Australis native species being slaughtered by feral cats?

      Please get it through your head that feral cats in the Australian bush are NOTHING like the domestic cats you try to save. Thats good work… and killing Australia’s feral cats is also good work.
      Why the hell would you release a cat to go on killing? Seriously, think about it. If you dont want the cat to die, WHY DON’T YOU ADOPT THE FERAL CATS? good luck.

      The problem already exists. Bleating on about haw people shouldn’t dump their cats doesnt solve it. KILLING the feral cats is a good start.

    • Yes, get rid of all idiots!

    • Killing feral/stray cats is not a solution, everything on earth is balanced it’s not upto mankind to play for ”nature”. Guns and machines are man-made, they don’t belong in the wildlife and nature, get that through your head. And as far as I’m concerned, there are many ill disseased animals out there that are cleaned up by these cats, stray or not they deserve a life. Do not kill them for what you want them to be. Do not end their lives because they have their instinct. We humans have destroyed already enough, enough is enough!

      • Clive Willgoss says:

        Not in a country where we have so much ground life that is at threat by cats and people who keep releasing them. Why do people do this? Simply because they cannot afford the expense. Or unwanted. I agree if these people want to save these cats let them have them. But make sure they contain them on their property and pay if they don’t. I don’t want your cats on my property killing anything Full Stop. Next cat I catch is dead meat. If you want a cat contain it or it dies. It is your responsibility to ‘Keep it on your on property’. Once it wanders it is a pest. And pest need to be controlled.

    • O yeaaaah, you mean kill all that 3 billion people who are too much on earth !! who are the cause of the extinction of many animal species and murder many many other animals

    • Karin Holtzhausen says:

      PILLOCK!

    • Fuck u jostein

  2. Vicky Cole says:

    Like in Eastern Europe they think destruction is the answer, why don’t people spay and neuter, take responsibility for their pets, use your brain!

  3. Karen Zipkas says:

    Not signing either!

    Native Australian wildlife are precious. Native wildlife diversity of species must be protected. Cats eat bt 3.7 – 8 wildlife species a day. It’s not okay.
    Why do people think a cat’s life is worth more than a Potoroo’s?
    ( Btw trap neuter release is a ridiculous illogical concept … Bc they keep killing !!
    Audubon in USA has released a paper showing the disasterous release of TNR on birds … Why don’t people see that as the disaster that is? The TRN Australuan brigade use false science to push their ideas and cat obsession and attempt to get grants to start the program in Australia. )

    • Australia is facing a rising condition of urbanization, pollution and other nice things that happen when money matters more than people. Feral cats, as any other predator, tend to kill the weakest….but of course they are a convenient scapegoat. Let’s blame the cats and use a way to reduce their population that will allow us to blame them again in the future, scapegoats again….TNR is the only effective way because exterminating them is technically impossible, and the ones remaining will breed more and more as they have more resources available and fill the niches left by the dead ones.
      Release animals keep killing, right, but their lifespan is way shorter than the lifespan of a domestic cat (in this case).

      But the truth is that the green parts of Australia are being eaten by property builders, who make way more damage than feral cats.

      Oh and by the way, serious research showed almost no impact on the population of birds when cats are around because the only proven thing is that they kill the weakest that would probably die anyway, and 3.7-8 wildlife species a day is way overestimated.

      • pathetic excuses by cat owners to continue to be self entitled assholes, collectively inflicting their “precious kitties” on the 3 billion wild native animals killed annually.
        already there’s been 33 wild animal extinctions globally from free ranging cats.
        so KEEP YOUR CATS ON YOUR OWN GODDAMNED PROPERTY, you arrogant pieces of shit.
        any cat found hunting on public or other people’s private land should be shot on site by the land owner or the local authorities.
        the owner who’s outdoor cat kills an endangered animal should be criminally charged the same as though they poached that prey victim themselves.
        every stray cat killed saves dozens of innocent wild native animals from painful needless death.
        please respond with your hate mail you cat loving fags and hags. eat shit,die and have a nice ulcerated day.

  4. George Butel says:

    These cats are already there, already destroying native wildlife. It’s not a question of spraying and neutering. If people were to do that–which they’re not going to anyway, at least many of them aren’t (welcome to the human race; if you’ll study us for a while, you’ll find that we’re far from perfect)–it would alleviate the problem in the future but not affect what’s going on right now in the slightest.

    The simple fact is that the most invasive species on earth–aside from humans–would have to be Felis catus. Here in the U.S., roaming household cats and feral cats kill hundreds of millions of birds every year, billions according to the Smithsonian, and billions of small mammals. See http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/policy/cats/materials/predation.pdf.

    Australian Geographic describes it this way: “Cats are the biggest human-linked cause of death for native animals in the US, with a bigger impact than habitat destruction, pesticides, pollution and collisions with cars – all regarded as more pressing conservation issues. No such large studies have been made of the impact of cats in Australia. But the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC), which runs private conservation reserves across the nation, released a report in December which estimated the impact of the 5-18 million feral cats on native species such as bilbies and numbats.”

    They point out that “Australia has the world’s worst record for mammal extinctions; 28 species and subspecies, mostly marsupials, have become extinct since Europeans arrived, and many of these extinctions are linked to cats and other introduced species.”–http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/wildlife/2013/03/natural-born-killers-the-problem-with-cats

    Cats “are recognised as a primary cause of several early mammal extinctions and are identified as a factor in the current declines of at least 80 threatened species. Only a few months ago, feral cats decimated a population of Bilbies at Currawinya National Park. At Dryandra Woodland Reserve in Western Australia, cats have recently hunted the Numbat population to the brink of extinction.”–http://www.australianwildlife.org/media/27964/AWC-Wildlife-Matters-Summer-2012-2013.pdf

    There is no other choice: does it not occur to anyone that these millions of feral animals have to eat something (and let’s not mention what they kill simply for the pleasure of killing)? Nobody wants to kill cats, but we have to choose: it’s wildlife or cats. We don’t have time to wait for them to all die out naturally, even if we could magically stop all of them from reproducing at this instant and were to magically teleport food to them that would, at the same time, magically keep them from killing for thrills. The cats are there right now. The cats have to go. The choice is between endangered wildlife and non-endangered cats. There are hundreds of millions of cats on earth, yet they are threatening the existence of numerous species of birds and small animals. The choice is obvious.

    No sane person could argue that we should allow the cats to continue their mass killing sprees, and that we should not protect the native animals.

    • George Butel says:

      I meant spaying, not spraying. I don’t see an edit button anywhere.
      What I’m saying is that you could not pay me a million dollars to sign that petition because it is so anti-environmental, anti-ecological and contrary to common sense.
      The people trying to get rid of the cats are not doing so out of hatred for cats or out of any kind of sickness: they are doing so out of a love for mother earth and the life upon it. Killing the cats is a last resort. It is almost unconscionable–until you consider the alternative.
      We live on Mother Earth, not Mother Cat.

      • Karen Zipkas and George Butel, go to hell!!! You think you are smart with all your ‘facts’ but you don’t actually. You are ignorant people who only think ‘black or white’. There is nothing that can justify killing be it humans or animals! Mother-earth produce these animals not because it wants you to kill them for her. There is a reason why mother-earth allows human beings with hearts and brains to be born on earth! It is so that you can come up with various clever and humane solutions to problems. You people are only able to come up with one solution which is to kill. So obviously you guys are malformed missing brains and hearts typing facts like robots who generate information from text-books. And yes, no sane person should argue that you and those who think like you should be mass-killed!!! By karma!!!

        • Malcolm McFarlane says:

          Zarina. YOU ARE STUPID. George Butel has nailed it. Pull your head out of your ass and try and understand THE FACTS not protect cats at all cost. Wake the fuck up.

          • Clive Willgoss says:

            Well said Malcolm.
            These people who want to keep cats and let native die out are stunning. CNR does not work One thing I think has been missed. The wild cats population is not always in good health and can spread disease. I wonder how the idiots who want to keep them would plan on feeding them and treating their poor health. They are the cruel ones letting them continue to suffer in a hostile environment. There was a report that these wild cats have a very short life expectancy.

        • Malcolm McFarlane says:

          You Funny

      • because of their common reaction of defending their selfish stupidity , i give up being polite to the cat freaks.
        i admire your restraint in trying to be polite and win the assholes over with scientific facts and global data, but as you’ve just experienced , this reasoning alone is wasted on them.
        they would just as soon ignorantly insist on destroying more of native wildlife until there’s nothing remaining out there but their cats.
        it’s sick that their tolerance for their cat’s brutal instinct to kill even after being fed isn’t balanced by any consciousness towards what the cat’s prey/victims suffer.
        fkg proxy sociopaths.

    • You desperately need to see a psychiatrist. You’re borderline sociopathic. You completely divorce the responsibility of humans for the current state of affairs. You blame the victim, not the perpetrator: irresponsible humans. If anyone is destined to suffer; it’s the ignorant, careless humans who created this situation…BTW…how many shopping centers, housing developments, peripheral build out from city core, high fences designed to dissuade deer/wildlife from accessing oh, so precious vineyards, etc? WHAT are you going to do about this? You’re a hypocrite and a poor excuse for humanity; you’re predictable…create a problem, allow neglect and, then, kill the living beings who exist as a result. You’re pathetic

      • Malcolm McFarlane says:

        You are right, people should be more responsible. However its a moot point, the cats are already out there. They are generations removed from domestic cats.
        I keep reading this same lame argument over and over, that humans shouldn’t have put them there. So what? they ARE there, thats the problem…feral cats killing our natives IS THE PROBLEM, not that some well intentioned but ignorant people get their noses out of joint at the thought that a feral animal will be killed to protect native animals.
        If you lived in Australia and had love and respect for our nature you wouldn’t hesitate for a second to support this cull.

  5. Peopleareeediots says:

    Killing anything as a means of damage control, is ridiculous.

  6. Jaime Perez says:

    Oh my hell, just leave the cats alone! You nasty people who are cat haters, karma’s a bitch!

    • Malcolm McFarlane says:

      Please get it through your head that feral cats in the Australian bush are NOTHING like the domestic cats you try to save. Thats good work… and killing Australias feral cats is also good work.

  7. Oh, so the plan is to KILL these precious little cats “humanely?” And that makes it alright ??? Are you effing kidding me ??? These helpless animals are in the position they are in because of HUMAN neglect. So if you want to round up those responsible for this travesty … then you need to round up the humans who abandoned these animals and throw their asses in prison. I’m so sick and tired of seeing animals killed because of irresponsible, selfish, humans !!!

    • Malcolm McFarlane says:

      Please get it through your head that feral cats in the Australian bush are NOTHING like the domestic cats you try to save. Thats good work… and killing Australias feral cats is also good work.

  8. Ravinder Sngh says:

    Whose sick fucking idea is to control the population of cats like this. Sick mind. Does he have his own children?…..

    • Malcolm McFarlane says:

      They are feral. They are killing the native animals. Killing the cats SAVES THE NATIVE ANIMALS. That’s why, not because of sadism or cat hate.

      Why is it so hard for the puny brains on here to understand?

      • If we take that argument to it’s logical conclusion then we
        would wipe out all carnivorous animals to stop them killing other animals. Doesn’t quite work does it? So I’ve signed the petition.

        • Clive Willgoss says:

          God there are some really fucked people in this world. Cats do not belong in the wild in Aussy or New Zealand. Our native animals don’t stand a chance. Any wandering pet that is known to kill needs to be dealt with. If that means culling the wild cats then so be it. Don’t blame the real people who want to save native animals from extinction. Blame the fuckwits who want to keep these killers.

        • Malcolm McFarlane says:

          Braindead Chris. These carnivorous animals are introduced and feral. They damage native animal populations, they KILL native animals.

          Why don’t all you whiny shits on here just say it loud and proud:
          “I HATE NATIVE ANIMALS”

    • Clive Willgoss says:

      Quote “Whose sick fucking idea is to control the population of cats like this. Sick mind. Does he have his own children?”
      Yes we do have children and we would like them to be able to see our wild life in the wild not in books or film. Get your head out of your Butt Hole and do some study before you mouth off. Cats, Dogs and rodents need to be controlled. And this is one way off doing it. As a conservationist and a wild life enthusiast I fully support culling them. It is not a hate thing, it’s common sense.

  9. Malcolm McFarlane says:

    They ARE harnful.

    They are feral. They are killing the native animals. Killing the cats SAVES THE NATIVE ANIMALS. That’s why, not because of sadism or cat hate.

    Why is it so hard for the puny brains on here to understand?

    • Killing feral/stray cats is not a solution, everything on earth is balanced it’s not upto mankind to play for ”nature”. Guns and machines are man-made, they don’t belong in the wildlife and nature, get that through your head. And as far as I’m concerned, there are many ill disseased animals out there that are cleaned up by these cats, stray or not they deserve a life. Do not kill them for what you want them to be. Do not end their lives because they have their instinct. We humans have destroyed already enough, enough is enough!

  10. Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchez says:

    Why punish animals for the irresponsibility of humans? Why always destroy animals who are the innocent victims of humans actions? This is not the answer. TNR IS.

    • Clive Willgoss says:

      TNR has never worked. Bloody Hell have you any idea how big Aussy is. And releasing them back into the wild. I guess you do not care that they continue to kill then. And don’t come that shit the numbers will drop. there are way too many being dumped to control numbers by TNR.

  11. Clive Willgoss says:

    For those who keep saying TNR works. Please take a look at what this report has to say. Blowing your theory to the wind. https://strangebehaviors.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/sorry-cat-lovers-tnr-simply-doesnt-work/

    • When people over exaggerate the statistics that is a clear indication that there is bias.That link is to a personal blogger,his ‘opinion’ which is clearly biased due to the over exaggeration of numbers and based on very old (ESTIMATED)data,I prefer to read authentic studies made by legitimate authorities,Most educated people do but you don’t seem to know any of them.I suggest you educate yourself because your ignorance is showing and also,you should educate yourself on the misconceptions of the 300+ millions of dollars needed for ‘rabies control’ every year in the bad ole United States of Abuse,When all of south and western europe and the UK eradicated Rabies within ten years of their rabies control program at a cost of a quarter that it costs the US in one year.You are all being brainwashed to pay tax for a problem that should have been controlled by now.Keeping people living in fear guarantees an endless tax stream and you people just suck it up!

  12. The Cats cannot be blamed for indiginous species disappearing/declining,If people did their research they’d find the truth,the facts are they are trying to kill the cats because they’d rather kill them than address the real issues,the real issues are habitat loss and destruction by land clearance and over fishing etc,there’s a partial list here of species gone extinct in Oz and not one case is as a result of predation by cats,but rather predation by black rats introduced by man.Kill the cats,and more animals will become extinct because rats will over populate,which the cats control,Also,it is no coincidence that the most recent extinctions are in queensland,one of the most overdeveloped and fastest growing areas in australia.Though the cats and rats were a problem when first introduced to Australia,they have reached an equilibrium,they all co habitate together,the recent decline is due to over fishing in the seas around Oz,over development of land and other issues such as increased traffic resulting in birdstrikes on aircraft/cars/house windows etc,road traffic fatalities and pollution.But they’d rather cull the animals because it gives them an excuse to tax people more and scrape off more cash to slip into their back pockets.If this cull goes ahead,Greg Hunt should be prosecuted for deception and corruption because he knows the truth.Please read what happened on other islands after decline of native species and culling of cats and rats and you’ll learn the truth yourselves.This is just one example,there are many many more if you google them,Australia is no exception but while culling on an island setting MAY be beneficial it will not work on a land mass as large as Oz.
    http://members.madasafish.com/~cj_whitehound/Rats_Nest/Ship_Rats/Lundy.htm

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_extinct_animals_of_Australia

    • Malcolm McFarlane says:

      and trying to trap and spay and release them would be even more futile. If only we could get rid of all feral cats humanely and quickly, but alas its unlikely.
      Still, the only good feral cat is a dead one.
      And I keep reading here peoples opinions that the problem is that humans are irresponsible. So whats there solution? spay them and release them to keep on killing. How is that responsible? People who have functioning brains would rather 1 dead feral cat than thousands of dead native animals. THAT is being responsible.

  13. Daniela Bress says:

    Goodness gracious, did you ever hear of TNR programs?

    How can allegedly intelligent humans STILL refuse to realize that WE are the species with the worst impact on endemic and all other originally occurring animal and plant species, hm?
    So what – culling humans in order to protect these precious species? Well, the more I think about it …

    Where’s Australia’s hypocritical care for originally occurring animal and plant species when it comes to new economically “important” development, when big corporations destroy your nature and wildlife just for that kind of profit, you’re descendants won’t be able to eat and drink – money?

    Our self-made extermination will be horrible and we deserve NO better, that’s for sure!

    “Why should man expect his prayers for mercy to be heard by What is above him, when he shows no mercy to What is under him.” ~ Pierre Troubetzkoy ~

  14. To: Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for the Environment, Australia

    I urge you to abolish this plan to slaughter two million cats by 2020. If Australia goes ahead with this utterly ruthless plan, it will be an absolute travesty beyond comprehension. It is a crime against the welfare of animals to even consider such a diabolical act, which is basically cat genocide!

    Not only is it absolutely reprehensible to kill two million precious cats, it will also open the flood-gates! There will be a ‘free for all’ & anyone who dislikes cats will take advantage of this ruthless plan, in order to illegally slaughter cats in whatever horrific manner they choose.

    There is also the distinct & unacceptable risk of companion cats, that are out roaming being mistaken for feral or stray cats & inadvertently killed.

    There is also the additional risk of well managed feral cat colonies that have TNR programs in place. How many of these innocent feral & stray cats are going to lose their lives, because the authorities are unaware that these cats are part of a managed colony?

    The methods of killing these cats is barbaric, inhumane & unpredictable, which means that hundreds of thousands of cats will undoubtedly endure intolerable suffering, before their lives are cruelly extinguished.

    In addition to being terribly inhumane, killing these cats serves no benefit whatsoever, since the rest of the cats will keep breeding. I urge Greg Hunt to consider the alternative option of cat sterilisation. This is not only the humane compassionate approach to take, it is a long-term effective solution, rather than a totally inhumane quick fix.

    Sincerely,

    Sally Dix, United Kingdom ~

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