The Only Good Cat Is A Flat Cat
Cats are specialised hunters that feed only on meat.
Their bodies are highly adapted for detecting, hunting and
killing their prey. Cats do not chase their prey over long
distances — if the hunt is unsuccessful, they will
soon stop and save their energy.
An introduced species, the cat has no predators in
Australia. The household, domestic cat is usually left free
to roam the suburbs seeking out and killing birds, lizards,
small native mammals and anything else suitable it can
find. Not that most need to. It's just something they do to
While the suburban cat is damaging enough, it's nothing
compared to the capabilities of the feral cats found
throughout the Australian bush. These specialised killing
machines wreak severe damage on the Australian native fauna.
More damage than other introduced species like foxes, cane
toads and wild dogs.
Sure we often hear about the damage the rabbit does.
Only because it effects the land and farm incomes. But the
cat does more damage to our native wildlife than anything
else. As Dr John Wamsley from Earth
Sanctuaries Ltd puts it,
Owning a cat in Australia is the single most damaging
environmental thing an Australian can do.
Of course, the vast majority of Australians living in
the suburbs see nothing wrong with letting the cat remain a
totally uncontrolled killer in our midst. They won't agree
to cat owners being forced to license and control their
pets the way dog owners have to. Most cat owners don't keep
their cats inside at night. Nor do they get them desexed.
And so the cat population continues to grow and the
massacre of our unique native Australian wildlife
Earth Sanctuaries Ltd
As Dr John Wamsley says, Australia has the worst
record in the world for wildlife management. We're extincting species more quickly than the rest of the world
It's strange that Dr John Wamsley gets
more recognition for being outspoken against cats and
wearing a cat skin as a hat than for the magnificent work
he has done in saving Australian wildlife species. But I
guess it helps to get the message across and make people
Some neighbours near Raydon got the message when they culled the
population of twenty or so cats around their farm house.
Within a year they noticed that the bird population in
their area had significantly increased. What probably went
unnoticed was a similar increase in other small native
What can you do? Well as John has said, Do
your bit for the environment. Go home and hat your cat
Wednesday, 16 January 2008