Millions Of Feral Cats In Australia Are Being Killed

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Feral cats gathered around a baited trap in a northeast Washington, DC neighborhood on April 4, 2014. The Washington Humane Society traps, spays or neuters the animals and then releases back into the community. The ultimate goal is to reduce the number of unwanted animals entering adoption centers. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Authorities in Australia are airdropping poisonous sausages across the country in order to kill millions of feral cats that have taken over the continent.

According to The New York Times, in the year 2015, the country’s government announced a plan to kill 2 million feral cats by 2020. Josh Frydenberg, Australia’s former environment minister, told the paper, “Feral cats are a real menace and a very significant threat to the health of our ecosystem.”

According to estimation by the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in the first year after the Australian government publicized their plan, 211,560 feral cats were killed.

The cats are mostly trapped and shot by authority figures but now the cats are also poisoned by airdropped sausages.

The recipe for the sausages includes chicken fat, herbs, kangaroo meat, spices and a poison called 1080 that is deadly to the feral cats. It takes 15 minutes for a cat to be killed after eating the contaminated sausage.

In a month, almost half a million sausages are airdropped and about 50 sausages are dropped every square kilometer.

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