Savannah cat story

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Subject: Savannah cat story
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2008 15:50:24 +1000
Some interesting points from the story:

Firstly, I think the Parkers did the right thing by seeking Commonwealth approval for the commercial importation of these cats. I assume they are able to seek compensation from the Commonwealth for any legitimate expenses they have already incurred - this could be in the form of tax relief or even lump sum reimbursement. Although I am 100% opposed to their "industry" I think that it is fair to compensate them for a business destroyed by a change of legislation. FIshermen have been compensated when a region has been removed from commercial fishing, etc.

The Parkers seem to have been the only breeders allowed to import Savannah Cats - but the US breeder referred to other clients who had approval for imports. I wonder just how many of these animals were scheduled to come here before Pater Garrett's commendable decision stopped them.

The breeder in the USA will probably try to have the restriction overturned because of the supposed "free trade agreement" with the US. I recall some problems with apples from NZ and salmon from North America. Let's hope the government stands firm on this one. It would be devastating to have these cats come into the country - we all know that, and as birders we can see the long-term problems. Well done to those who have already lobbied the Minister on the issue - we may yet have to do so again.

Finally, I hope nobody from birding-aus or any other environmentally- focused group was threatening the Gold Coast breeders. To do so would be unconscionable - and of course a crime. Anyone making threats of violence, even for worthy causes, simply undermines their cause and alienates it from whatever public support has been gained.

So be nice, but cheer loud and long!

Russell Woodford
Birding-Aus List Owner

Geelong   Victoria   Australia

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