SYDNEY — The Australian government coming under fire once again for the latest proposed laws to protect endangered species from cats. After receiving backlash for implementing a plan to kill two million feral cats by 2020, the federal government is now facing opposition to their laws to place a curfew on domesticated cats.
The 24 hour curfew would first come into effect in neighbourhoods that surround areas that house the endangered species but the hope is that eventually it will spread across all of Australia. Once these new laws are put into effect, owners will no longer be allowed to let their cats outdoors.
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Although cat owners are outraged by this, the government is stressing that it is for the greater good. Not only will the curfew keep the cats away from endangered wildlife but it will also protect them from the poisonous traps that are being set up to kill the feral cats. According to government statistics, cats are responsible for the extinction of 20 species in Australia and are prone to hunting at least 16 other globally endangered species and 12 other species classified as “near-threatened.”
Cats are considered to be one of the biggest pests in Australia, alongside rats and rabbits, but environmental activists are arguing that confining cats to the indoors will only make the problem worse. Not only will other predators grow in larger numbers if the cats aren’t hunting them anymore but the confined cats will also suffer from emotional and psychological damage.
Instead, many environmentalists are proposing to teach the cats and their prey to co-exist in the same environment by introducing a small, controlled number of cats to the endangered wildlife. Ecosystems are in a very delicate balance, so completely removing the cats won’t solve the problem. However, if the endangered species learn how to escape and combat the predator when they co-exist together in smaller numbers, then the problem will eventually balance out and eradicate itself.