This video in the article is produced by Territory NRM, showcases Desert Wildlife Services (Rachel Paltridge) and Newhaven Rangers (Christine, Alice, Benedict and George) integrating science and indigenous tracking skills to remove feral cats from the landscape, reducing pressure on threatened Great Desert Skink populations at the Australian Wildlife Conservancy’s, Newhaven Sanctuary.
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Feral cats continue to place pressure on native animals, especially in arid ecosystems.
Radio interview with the Threatened Species Commissioner of Australia,truly a eyeopener.Australia’s current situation should be a warning for every country who has feral cats.
Feralcats cover 99.8% of Australia and have been mauling our marsupials to death. Each feral cat devours at least 1,000 Australian animals per year. Yesterday I had a yarn with Wendy Harmer from ABC Sydney about the ambitious #ThreatenedSpecies Strategy target I am implementing to cull 2 million #FeralCats by 2020 to save our remarkable Australian animals from #extinction. We are one year into this three year program. 211,000 #FeralCats were culled last year. And many species trajectories are already turning for the better. Wendy was appalled to learn of death threats I’ve had from people who love #FeralCats. While I agree that it is totally not OK to threaten people with violence and death, these threats have personally strengthened my resolve to ramp up our efforts to control #FeralCats. I’m more committed than ever to supporting Australians who are tackling #FeralCats. It would be inhumane for us not to act. Accepting that #FeralCats belong in Australia would be like removing citizenship and choosing #extinction for the bilby, numbat, mala wallaby and another 121 native Australian animals. Tackling #FeralCats is humane, effective and justifiable. Thanks Wendy Harmer and our ABC for getting the message out. Here’s our yarn. http://www.abc.net.au/radio/sydney/programs/mornings/cat-cull/8285782ABC News 24 ABC News Invasive Species Council PestSmart
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