Of murderous moggies
I refer to the correspondence concerning “murderous moggies” (Letters, 10/10).
The writer’s reference to domestic cats being subjected to no control measures is incorrect.
The WA Cat Act 2011 requires, among other things, that domestic cats be microchipped, sterilised and contained within the owner’s property.
The closing reference to banning cats from Australia is an impossibility.
Cats arrived in Australia before European settlement and most occupy remote areas, making them beyond the control of the general public.
Like many other feral animals and vegetation cats have integrated into our environment.
Rabbit kitten control reduced a feral cat food source and changed the balance of nature in that cats began to prey more on native mammals.
For years authorities have tried to control feral cats. Without expensive specialised fencing other cats just move in to where others were removed.
The best brains have not come up with a feasible eradication method so at best the problem can only be tinkered with around the edges. Sid Breeden, City Beach