Scientists rally to keep out 'supercats'

To: "'Kurtis Lindsay'" <>, "'Alastair Smith'" <>
Subject: Scientists rally to keep out 'supercats'
From: "Gregory Little" <>
Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2008 13:48:27 +1000
Gooday birders

Just got back onto birding aus.

These Serval cross cats seem a worry, we do not need another
introduction to fill another pest niche. Why cannot the Government just
ban them and say no to all imports whether plant or animal. Imports for
the nursery trade should be banned as far as I am concerned. Has always
bothered me that we can get permission to bulldoze hundreds of hectares
but have difficulty or simply cannot get permits to keep native wildlife
such as possums, gliders antechinus etc etc. We can clear the hundreds
of hectares of all habitat then bring in as many exotic birds, mice,
rats, guinea pigs, dogs, cats, goats, ferrets, etc etc as we like and
no-one will be concerned.

Greg Little

Greg Little - Principal Consultant
General Flora and Fauna
PO Box 526
Wallsend, NSW, 2287, Australia
Ph    02 49 556609
Fx    02 49 556671

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Kurtis Lindsay
Sent: Friday, 13 June 2008 10:27 AM
To: Alastair Smith
Cc: Birding Aus
Subject: Scientists rally to keep out 'supercats'

If these animals are allowed into Australia, it is almost certain that 
people will start bringing in other types of Cat, perhaps even  pure
African Servals (which are widely kept in the U.S and Europe) through
loophole of saying they're 'Savannah Cats', a breed obtained by Domestic
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
capture of birds on the wing. They do this by crouching extremely low in
grass and as a bird flys over, they jump up to about six foot in the air
catch it.
There have also been reports of Servals taking small antelope.

Australia has enough exotic pest species, why must people bring more in
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
time one can't legally keep and breed native wildlife.

Kurtis Lindsay

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