Of mur­der­ous mog­gies

The West Australian - - AGENDA -

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

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