Australian officials drop toxic sausages nationwide to kill millions of wild cats that have conquered the continent.
In 2015, the country's government announced it would kill 2 million wild cats by 2020, a recent New York Times report said.
"Wildcats are a real threat and a very significant threat to the health of our ecosystem," former Australian Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg told the newspaper.
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In the first year after the Australian government published its plan, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology estimated 21
They have mostly been caught and shot by officers, but now the cats are also poisoned by airworms.
The Times-reported recipe for the sausage contains kangaroo meat and chicken fat, herbs, spices and a poison called 1080, which is deadly to the wildcats. The Independent reported that it takes 15 minutes for a cat to be killed after eating the contaminated sausage.
According to The Times, nearly half a million sausages are defrosted in one month, and about 50 sausages are dropped on every square kilometer.
Cats – who are not indigenous to Australia – were brought to the continent for the first time in the 1700s, when European settlers arrived – they had penetrated almost the entire continent and severely damaged native species.
The Times reported that cats were believed to be one of the main threats to them 22 of the 34 extinct species extinct in Australia since the 17th century – species that are nowhere else in the world.
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A study from 2017 published in the journal Biological Conservation revealed that cats Each year, Australia kills 377 million birds and 649 reptiles, according to the Independent.
Despite pushback after first year fornication to kill 2 million cats – including more than 160,000 signatures in several online petitions in which the cats were rescued, according to The Times – the Australian government declared wildcats as pests in July 2015.
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. "Wildcats are a nationally important pest threatening our unique native fauna. In recognition of the important role of domestic cats as pets, domestic and stray cats can also threaten native fauna, "the Australian National Declaration said in part.
" Ministers also agreed that the treatment of wildcats is considered a priority in endangered species restoration programs "added the statement.