Government Announces Plans To Kill Two Million Aussie Cats
The Australian government has announced plans to cull up to 2 million cats by 2020 in a bid to preserve dozens of native species that authorities claim face extinction because of the cats.
Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt unveiled the plan this week.
"We are drawing a line in the sand today which says, 'On our watch, in our time, no more species extinction,'" Hunt said.
The cull has been signed off by all of Australia's states and territories and will now mean feral cats will be listed as “pests”.
"By 2020, I want to see 2 million feral cats culled, five new islands and 10 new mainland 'safe havens' free of feral cats, and control measures applied across 10 million hectares," Hunt said.
Cats were first introduced to this country just over 200 years ago and spread rapidly across the country.
It is estimated there are 20 million feral cats in Australia and they are killing 75 million native animals every day or 20 billion Australian native species every year.
Since their introduction 29 native mammals have been made extinct with another 1800 species under threat.