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4 August 2008 - Supercat import banned      

SUPERCAT IMPORT BANNED

Sydney, 4 August 2008              
                                                                                                                                                          

Humane Society International (HSI) congratulates Environment Minister Peter Garrett on his decision to ban the import of Savannah Cats into Australia. A hybrid of African Serval and domestic cats, as many as 16 Savannah cats were awaiting clearance in US quarantine to be sold as domestic pets in Australia.

The Government’s own scientific assessment highlighted the superior hunting ability of Savannah Cats owing to their large size, almost double that of a domestic cat, and found that the hybrid species posed an extreme risk to Australia’s native wildlife. Mr Garrett has now made it impossible for Savannah Cats to be imported, by amending the live import list under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act, to change the definition of domestic cats by ruling out those with the genes of the African Serval.

“This is a clear case of the EPBC Act being used as it was originally intended,” said Danielle Annese, HSI’s Program Manager. “With Australia’s wildlife already under threat from feral cats and a suite of other pet animals that have escaped and established as invasive species, we are pleased that Mr Garrett has recognised the vulnerability of our native wildlife and acted decisively to ban the import of this super-breed.

HSI is looking forward to working with the government to strengthen the EPBC Act further as foreshadowed in the Government’s pre-election commitments. 





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