30 Jul '15, 6pm

Australia declares war on cats

Australia is home to some of the most dangerous animals in the world, and recently the federal government set its sights on one particular predator that it claims is the country’s single biggest threat to native species: cats. This week Gregory Andrews, Australia's first threatened species commissioner, put forth a plan for "24-hour containment requirements for domestic cats.” The plan would require pet cats in designated containment areas to be allowed outside only when on a leash or in an enclosure. The idea isn’t a new one. In 2005, 12 suburbs in the Australian capital of Canberra were declared cat-containment areas because of their proximity to nature reserves, and pet cats must be kept indoors 24 hours a day. (There's a similar situation in Key Largo, Florida, where cat owners are advised to keep their pets indoors because those found prowling in a nearby wildlife ref...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/family/pets/stories/australia-declares...

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