Savannah Cat Legal Status

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Subject: Savannah Cat Legal Status
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2008 15:31:32 +1000
Dear All,

I have just spoken to contacts in DPI and AQIS regarding the status of the the Savannah cats under the relevant state and federal legislation. The official view is that because of the level of back-breeding of the initial Serval X domestic cat hybrids with domestic cats, the Savannah cats are legally regarded as domestic cats and may be imported and kept in the same manner as a normal cat. Their size and appearance is not taken into account for the classification, much as it is not taken into account for the importation of dog breeds such as Great Dane, German Shepherd or Malemute.

People who do feel strongly about the importation of this cat breed should write to the relevant departments, such as the state DPI or equivalent, National Parks or AQIS, or probably your local state and federal members setting out your concerns and giving the link to the ABC story.

Unfortunately,after talking to my contacts, I got the impression that the importation is a fait accompli. Perhaps their popularity may wane once people find that they are more assertive than the average moggy, and I don't think I would like to see the result when one looses its temper with a toddler and does a slice n' dice of the kids face.

For those that would like to read up a bit more on the breed, have a look at <>


Carl Clifford

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