Australian Towns Impose Curfews — on Cats
Deputy mayor's son becomes possums' hero
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 9, 2011 4:22 PM CDT
This feline must be home by dusk.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – After attacks on native wildlife, the Sydney area is putting its cats on a leash: Under a new rule, they’ll have to be inside from dusk to dawn, Reuters reports. The decision came after a deputy mayor’s son saved a parent and baby possum from a cat. In the past year, some 564 cat attacks on possums have been reported. “It's a small thing to ask people to keep their cats indoors if it means protecting our native wildlife,” says the suburban Sydney official.

“After all, they were here first, we've introduced domestic pets, so we have a responsibility to control them.” Local officials will send out pamphlets requesting that cat owners keep their cats inside at night, keep an eye on them in daytime, and stick a pair of bells on their collars. So dogs get a free pass? “Dogs will do terrible damage to a possum, but they don't get them quite as often because they don't climb trees,” says the deputy mayor.

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Jun 10, 2011 9:45 AM CDT
Sounds fair to me!
Jun 10, 2011 9:37 AM CDT
EXCELLENT! Well done Aussies. You own a cat, take responsibility. It's a small thing to ask. Left alone, they decimate the wildlife (a survey in Britain showed that - contrary to what their owners thought - cats kill. All cats. Cats whose owners said "they never kill anything" do kill, they just don't present their kill to the madam). During the survey (one spring, one summer) less than 1000 cats killed over 14,000 mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. And these were pet cats - not strays or feral cats! Please cat-owners: Do you know where your cat is right now?
Jun 10, 2011 2:43 AM CDT
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