Stop Government-Approved Cat Killing in Australia, Now!

  • by: Alley Cat Rescue
  • recipient: Minister for the Environment, the Hon. Sussan Ley; Threatened Species Commissioner, Dr. Sally Box; Ambassador to the U.S., the Hon. Arthur Sinodinos

UPDATE (Aug 31, 2021): ACR has mailed the following letter to the AU Minister for the Environment, Threatened Species Commissioner, and Ambassador to the US.

Alley Cat Rescue and 94,477 petition signees from around the globe urge you to end government sanctioning of cat culling throughout Australia.

Not only is the practice inhumane, it is based on dramatically bloated figures; when the cat elimination program was announced as part of the Threatened Species Strategy, it was based on an estimate that there are up to 20 million feral cats on the continent. However, a study published in 20171 revealed there to be no scientific evidence behind the 20 million number revised that number down significantly, with new estimates putting the number between 2.1 and 6.3 million.  The goal to exterminate 2 million cats is based on the old, inaccurate estimates and, as a group of biological scientists argue in a letter to the Society for Conservation Biology2, has no concrete relationship to the desired goal, while the entire scheme lacks a way to reliably measure results.

Humane, non-lethal solutions, like exclusionary fencing or traps for trap-neuter-return, are just as available as guns and poisons. Tax-payer dollars spent creating new poisons and contraptions to deliver them could be re-purposed toward spay/neuter programs and sanctuaries for threatened animals. 

 This is an issue of both morality and practicality.  Too many cats have been unnecessarily killed already.  Please follow the true mathematics and outlaw cat extermination.

 Sincerely,

 Louise Holton

President/Founder

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The government-sanctioned killing of millions of cats in Australia must be stopped. It's happening right now.

Please sign to tell the Australian government that shooting, poisoning, trapping and bounty-killing outdoor cats is cruel and unacceptable.

The scheme to kill 2 million cats by 2020 is unfortunately well underway, and according to recent news, more than 211,000 were killed during the program's first year.

When the program was announced as part of the country's Threatened Species Strategy, it was based on an estimate that there are up to 20 million feral cats on the continent. A close look revealed there to be no scientific evidence behind the 20 million number and subsequent study has revised that number down significantly, with new estimates putting the number between 2.1 and 6.3 million.

Scientists are again calling attention to the fact that the 2 million goal itself is based on unreliable population estimates, has no concrete relationship to the desired goal, and that the entire scheme lacks a way to reliably measure results.

This doesn't need to happen. Humane, non-lethal solutions, like exclusionary fencing or traps for trap-neuter-return, are just as available as guns and poisons. Tax-payer dollars spent creating new poisons and contraptions to deliver them could be re-purposed toward spay/neuter programs and sanctuaries for threatened animals.

The moral choice is clear: Australia must end its cat cull now and stop promoting lethal animal management tactics to its citizens. They don't work and often backfire.

Please sign in memory of the hundreds of thousands of feline lives already lost and demand an end to this tragedy.

Update #118 days ago
Our petition has almost 95K signatures! ACR mailed a letter reporting this to prominent Australian officials. You can read the full letter on the original petition page: https://www.thepetitionsite.com/111/502/969/stop-government-approved-cat-killing-in-australia-now/?taf_id=62491771&cid=fb_na#bbfb=992051912
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