Scientists rally to keep out 'supercats'

To: "Alastair Smith" <>
Subject: Scientists rally to keep out 'supercats'
From: "Kurtis Lindsay" <>
Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2008 10:27:17 +1000
If these animals are allowed into Australia, it is almost certain that people will start bringing in other types of Cat, perhaps even pure bred African Servals (which are widely kept in the U.S and Europe) through the loophole of saying they're 'Savannah Cats', a breed obtained by Domestic x African Serval. Just like people are doing right now with now illegal American Pitbull Terriers importing them as a 'Labrador-Mastiff cross'.

If you have ever seen footage of a Serval, they are perfectly adapted to the capture of birds on the wing. They do this by crouching extremely low in the grass and as a bird flys over, they jump up to about six foot in the air to catch it.
There have also been reports of Servals taking small antelope.

Australia has enough exotic pest species, why must people bring more in and cause further threat to our wildlife? It beats me how in NSW, people continue to import a wide range of exotic species of animal which pose threat to our native wildlife, yet at the same time one can't legally keep and breed native wildlife.

Kurtis Lindsay

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