Savannah Cat Legal Status

To: "'Carl Clifford'" <>, "'Birding-aus'" <>
Subject: Savannah Cat Legal Status
From: "Gregory Little" <>
Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2008 16:00:00 +1000

Followed one of your links, no information on the potential ecological
impacts of this cat. 

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 Carl Clifford
Sent: Friday, 13 June 2008 3:32 PM
To: Birding-aus
Subject: Savannah Cat Legal Status

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


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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