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Byron Shire
January 21, 2022

The current canine explosion

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Alison Drover is concerned about what she calls ‘the current canine explosion’ and its effect on the natural environment.

Of course responsible dog owners should comply with existing regulations and keep their pets out of national parks and other protected areas. However, I’m surprised she didn’t mention the far greater harm domestic and feral cats wreak on the environment, killing millions of native animals every week. Cat owners are not legally liable for any wildlife destruction their free-roaming moggies may cause. Council offers ‘tips for keeping your cat happy and healthy’, which include the completely unenforceable ‘do not allow your cat to roam’.

Gradually though, councils in Australia that genuinely care about the environment are introducing 24-hour cat curfews in recognition of the devastating impact they have on wildlife and the contribution cats have made to Australian mammal extinctions.

By all means let’s keep dogs under control and out of environmentally sensitive areas, but the greater and more urgent focus needs to be on cats.

Louise Andrews, Lennox Head


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  1. Both cats and dogs can be devastating to wildlife and environment. It is not the animal but it’s owner that is to blame. There are so many variables both in size and temperament, meat requirements, etc that need to be taken into account. We as the species who causes by far the most destruction need to be responsible with our actions, including pet ownership.

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