Savannah Cat Legal Status

To: Chris Sanderson <>
Subject: Savannah Cat Legal Status
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2008 10:36:33 +1000

Seems that you have. Doesn't take long to write a letter.


Carl Clifford

Chris Sanderson wrote:
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 < <>> wrote:

    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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