273 Billion, 750 million Australian animals killed each year.
Cats are one of the top household pets within Australia but there is more than meets the eye when it comes to fluffy cute companions. Their natural behavior of preying on our native Australian animals may not seem like to a bid deal to some, but a recent study conducted by csiro in 2014 has reveled that feral cats alone hunt and kill 75 MILLION Australian animals each night... but that seems like a crazy number right? With over 15 million feral cats in Australia, each cat on average, hunts and kills 5 animals per night including birds, Mammals, reptiles and native rodents. Were did all these feral cats come from? In many cases feral cats are just domestic animals that have escaped and become more and more aggressive through the generations, feral cats are viscous opportunistic hunters that are really taking a toll on Australian biodiversity.In Australia we have a very low population to land mass, 2.66 people per square kilometer compared to India who has a whopping 343.68 people per square kilometer yet we hold one of the worst animal extinction rates in the world. Could one species be accountable for the collapse of the ecosystem in Australia? I believe if feral cats are not dealt with in a serious and urgent manner, that's exactly what could happen.
wake up Australia! here is what you can do...
ADOPT a cat, DON'T buy a kitten.
Cat adoption is the best way when looking for a new four legged friend, instead of buying a cat from a breeder you might find there are a large range of cats up for adoption at your local animal shelter. by adopting a cat and not buying a kitten , in most cases your cat will already be desexed, saving you time and money, you also stop the demand of mass production of kittens. Although kittens seem like a good Christmas or birthday present, its not up to you weather someone else is capable of looking after a new pet, or if they even want a new pet, so if you are thinking about getting someone a pet cat, the best way to address it is to talk it over with them and make sure it is something they want, because the last thing Australia wants is another feral cat in the already fragile ecosystem, after all, there is nearly more feral cats in Australia then the total human population.
Article by Michael Church
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