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Tuesday 04 June 2019 04 June 2019

In Australia, domestic cats soon grounded!

In Australia, domestic cats soon grounded!

We love these cute little fur balls and yet cats are a real scourge in Australia. And for good reason: millions of small endangered animals would be their prey every year.

The Australian cat, not as cute as we thought?

The cat, introduced by settlers in the 18th century, has continued to multiply and spread throughout the country. Today there are about 20 million cats for 24 million inhabitants, do you realize?! Some domestic cats have returned to their natural state, they are called "harrets", they are wild animals that are difficult to approach.

chat harret

Felines are fond of animals such as the numbat, Tasmanian bettongia, Geoffroy's marsupial cat and bilby. These are small mammals that live close to the ground and are therefore easy prey. Every year, 377 million birds and 649 million reptiles also disappear because of cats. 

numbat Australie bilby Australie

The Australians are counter-attacking!

The Australians, however, are a model of zenitude and followers of the "no" worries" can no longer take it anymore! It may seem surprising coming from such a pacifist people to "punish" cats, but it is a much bigger problem at stake: the survival of hundreds of native species. The Aussies are the guarantors of the prosperity of the fauna and flora of their region, which is one of the richest in the world and they take this very seriously!

The Cat Act 2011 already regulated the feline population, but faced with their proliferation, the Australian authorities are constantly inventing new strategies to limit their development. That is why in 2017 a 70,000 hectare fenced area was created to protect endangered species.

clôture anti chats

Last April, the government put in place a plan to limit the reproduction of harret cats by 2020. As for domestic cats, they will be subject to a curfew!

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