The government of Australia wants to kill over 2 million cats by 2020. It's planning to do so by airdropping poisonous sausages as bait.
Although many people worldwide are urging the government not to conduct this "animal genocide," these cats are killing over 647 million reptiles and 377 million birds every year. This's according to a 2017 research published in the Biological Conservation journal.
But the government continues to emphasize that these feral cats, about 2-6 million, are threatening the life of the native wildlife.
According to the Australian government report, their goal is to minimize the feral predators' impact and increase the resilience of the native species in the country. The government added that these cats are damaging the production in the farming sector in Australia.
These feral cats are leading to the extinction of over 20 mammal species since 1700, when they were introduced to Australia by the Europeans. The cat's population continues to grow every year.
The government is going to employ officials to shot the cats on sight. It'll also decrease the rising population of these cats through poisonous baits—sausages prepared with poison.
It's preparing these lethal sausages using chicken fat, spices, a poison known as 1080, and kangaroo meat. According to the New York Times report, when a cat eats this sausage, it'll die within 15 minutes.
These poisonous treats are being manufactured at a factory nearby Perth, and the planes will airdrop 50 sausages every 0.6 miles. Government officials are sure that this initiative will put an end to the country's rising cat problem.
According to Dr. Dave Algar, a specialist in preparing this cat poison recipe, he used his own cat in testing the sausage. He also said that the bait has to taste good and be the cat's last meal.
This unusual story may seem surer to believe. Still, Gregory Andrews, the national commissioner of threatened species, has been looking for an effective way to deal with this feral cat's issue. He describes this cat problem as the "single biggest threat" towards Australian native species.
He said it's the county's responsibility to save and protect the endangered animals that play an essential role in defining the Australian nation. Some of the species feral cats have been terminating include Black-footed rock-wallaby (Warru) and night parrots.
Many online platforms are advocating against this cat issue. Other individuals, such as Brigitte Bardot, a French artist, are urging the Australian government to reconsider the decision.
An Australian National Declaration in 2015 stated that feral cats are becoming a national pest. The report described the cats as threatening "unique native fauna."
Not all rebels are against implementing cat population control measures. Many conservationists are claiming that concentrating on cats is a misguided approach.
Tim Doherty, a conservation ecologist, emphasizes that other wildlife and biodiversity factors such as mining, urban expansion, and logging should also be addressed.
Doherty is from Deakin University in Australia. He argues that perhaps the cat issue is only a distraction, and he suggests that more holistic approaches are needed to address threats to biodiversity.