Making a mistake isn’t necessarily stupid, but making the same mistake twice is. Thankfully Australia has learned from its past and banned the introduction of Savannah cats, a natural destroyer of the country’s unique wildlife.
The humble ‘moggy’ or domestic cat maybe a cute little family pet to those in the rest of the world but to Australia’s wildlife it is a born killing machine. And once the cats have adapted to life in the wild they are even more devastating.
Simply put they are out of control across the country and just about eating everything in their path.
Feral cats have virtually no natural predators and have been wild in the country from at least 1850. Since that time they have helped to wipe out uncountable numbers of unique bird and animal species.
Feral cats also undermine just about every breeding program put into to place to try and build up Australia’s biodiversity when and where this is possible.
But as if this wasn’t enough some bright spark has had the idea of importing Savannah cats to Australia. This new breed of feline can grow up to 20 kilograms and is a cross between a normal cat and the wild African Serval.
The mind boggles to think of what devastation they could have inflicted on the Australia.
The good news is that earlier this month the importation of Savannah cats was banned by the federal government. But not before time. For some reason the Environment Minister felt he had to hold and inquiry on the subject? Surely he didn’t contemplate letting them in!
Thankfully the right decision has been made.
The other good news is that it seems I am not the only one who feels strongly about this. Of the 549 submissions received from the public 526 were against allowing the importation of these crazy cats.
But to think that someone tried… well, the mind boggles. It just shows that no matter how stupid we can be, there is always someone out there trying to go one better.Original here