Perhaps my emails to the Threatened Species Commissioner and State and
Federal Ministers had an impact after all - although I'm still waiting on
The Victorian Environment Minister did respond to advise that it wasn't her
portfolio responsibility and was referring my email to the Minister for
Primary Industries. That in itself is an issue as progress won't be made
unless all relevant government agencies are involved.
While it is good to see that action is being taken, statements like "It
will be used selectively, with care, mostly in the central and southern
parts of the country, and *only in areas where it won’t impact on domestic *
*cats*." concern me. If domestic cats were confined to their owner's
property, as are other domestic animals, control measures could be applied
On Tue, Nov 17, 2015 at 11:22 AM, John Harris <
> Hi All,
> back in April they was many emails castigating the Government and
> researchers on not doing anything / or enough in terms of feral cat
> control, to which I said at the time that people needed to "wake up" to
> watch was actually happening.
> This has come from the Threatened Species Commissioner, via their facebook
> page. Hopefully everybody will now be a bit more informed....
> [image: Threatened Species Commissioner's photo.]
> Threatened Species Commissioner
> Yesterday at 07:00
> · Edited
> We took another important step last month in the Department’s work towards
> a new, humane bait for feral cat control – Curiosity® was submitted for
> registration with the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines
> Authority, after more than seven years of field trials, laboratory tests
> and research.
> This has been a long-term project because we want to get it right. We want
> to reduce the suffering of native birds, mammals and reptiles that are
> killed and maimed by this introduced species, but in a way that is humane
> to feral cats.
> There are two key differences between Curiosity® and other baits. The first
> is its main ingredient, para-aminopropiophenone, a toxin that acts in a
> similar way to putting feral cats to sleep, so they die peacefully. It has
> been registered in New Zealand for control of feral cats and stoats since
> 2011 so, while it’s new here, it has a history of use elsewhere. Its
> development is also supported by animal welfare groups such as the RSPCA.
> The second difference is how it’s delivered – in a pellet form that feral
> cats will swallow but most other native species can’t or won’t.
> Curiosity® is one of many tools we’ll be using to meet our feral cat
> targets under Australia’s #ThreatenedSpecies
> It will be used selectively, with care, mostly in the central and southern
> parts of the country, and only in areas where it won’t impact on domestic
> cats. I’m glad to see it reach this new stage in its development, and will
> be watching its progress closely.
> *Yours in all things* "*GREEN"*
> *John Harris BASc, GDipEd*
> *Croydon, Vic*
> *Director - Wildlife Experiences Pty Ltd*
> *Principal **Zoologist/**Ecologist*
> *Nature Photographer*
> *Wildlife Guide*
> *Past President, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria*
> *(www.fncv.org.au <http://www.fncv.org.au/>)*
> On 7 April 2015 at 21:20, Charles <> wrote:
> > Thanks David.
> > I've been going to Nightcap National Park in Northern NSW for about 20
> > years and I've noticed fewer and fewer pademelons over the years.
> > Some of the biggest feral cats I've seen are in Nightcap NP.
> > Cheers,
> > Charles Hunter
> > +61 402 907 577
> > > On 7 Apr 2015, at 5:13 pm, David Clark <>
> > wrote:
> > >
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