Savannah Cat Legal Status

To: "Carl Clifford" <>
Subject: Savannah Cat Legal Status
From: "Chris Sanderson" <>
Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2008 00:42:26 +0930
Has anyone thought about "calling this in" to the Federal environment
minister under the EPBC Act as an action likely to have a significant impact
on a protected species?  Would be interesting to hear the response...


On Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 3:01 PM, Carl Clifford <>

> 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 
> Cheers,
> Carl Clifford
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