Committee sinks claws into problem of feral and domestic cats

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The House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy recently commenced a new inquiry into the problem of feral and domestic cats in Australia.  

Committee chair Ted O’Brien MP said that the inquiry will take a national approach to the problem of feral and domestic cats and their impact on native wildlife and habitats across Australia. 

“We’re not talking about loveable, lasagne-loving, lazy cats like Garfield, but rather predatory carnivores that hunt and kill endangered native animals,” O’Brien said.

“We plan to assess their prevalence and impact, the effectiveness of current control measures and the interaction between domestic cat ownership and the feral cat problem.” 

The Committee will accept submissions addressing the terms of reference until 30 July 2020. 

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