Brigitte Bardot’s scathing letter to our pollies over our treatment of animals 253



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She’s an unlikely saviour of Australia’s animals but French actress and sex symbol of the 60s, Brigitte Bardot, has come out swinging at Environment Minister Greg Hunt’s plan to cull two million feral cats to stop them harming native animals.

In an open letter, she has argued that the money that will be spent on killing the animals would be put to better use if the cats were sterilised.

Despite Brigitte’s fair points, it doesn’t change the fact that feral cats are largely to blame for our high levels of mammal extinction.

And culling 2 million cats is just a fraction of the actual problem – there’s allegedly 20 million cats across Australia, killing native wildlife.

“They are tsunamis of violence and death for Australia’s native species,” Mr Hunt told the ABC last week.

The plan to get rid of the feral cats won’t be in action for another five years and would be carried out humanely, but regardless, Bardot wants the plan to be reconsidered.

“This animal genocide is inhumane and ridiculous. In addition to being cruel, killing these cats is absolutely useless since the rest of them will keep breeding,” she said.

“Your country is sullied by the blood of millions of innocent animals, so please, don’t add cats to this morbid record”.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) backed up Brigitte’s thoughts, saying that culling is not the most effective way to stop consequent deaths, and there should be a better long-term solution.

So we want to know what you think… does Brigitte have a point? Or should the feral cats be culled to stop the problem?

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  1. Tell her to rack off. They are killing bush animals and birds. They are feral cats . Kill them and save our native creatures.

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    • Perhaps we’d all be better off if we culled the humans who dump domesticated animals in the bush, to fend for themselves and those who refuse to have their animals desexed and backyard breeders. We’d all be better off without these types. Afterall without them, we wouldn’t have a cat problem. (Or dog, for that matter.)

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    • Agreed, Let her mind her own business. We do it OUR way THANKS

  2. I don’t like seeing animals hurt , but our native animals are unique in the world, our country has some of the most beautiful little marsupials and they becoming extinct because of feral cats. I am not for anything that this Liberal Government. suggests except for the eradication of these feral animals. Euthanize them and save our native species from extinction

  3. Feral cats must be exterminated. Yes I do have a cat, but she sleeps inside at night and we just had a old friend, Megs pass away at 21.

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    • Who are you ? I didn’t,ask for your input . The fact is the cat is inside most of the time and she is well fed

    • She walks around all day amongst very young chickens and she hurts nobody . She is a very happy cat

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      • So was our cat until he came home with a Gouldian Finch in his mouth. If they’re out of sight then you don’t know what they’re doing.

  4. Tell her to go stick her letter and ideas where the sun don’t shine!!! I hate the idea of killing any animals but they are wiping out our native animals. We have to get rid of them and also make sure people don’t dump unwanted cats in the bush too!!!!

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    • how many birds & wildlife of australia do YOU actually see killed – I do not see any and I live in the bush

    • I do not know what your comment is supposed to mean, do I prefer rats and mice??? Yes I have seen lots of birds killed by ferrel cats and there is so much proof that ferrel cats kill ALL sorts of native animals. Feral cats kill tens of millions of native animals every night and are found across Australia. At this point in time, there is no effective mechanism for eradicating cats at a landscape level.

      However, AWC is at the forefront of efforts to reduce the impact of cats. We are conducting the largest feral cat research program in Australia’s history.

      Feral cat crisis

      Feral cats occur right across the continent in every habitat type including deserts, forests and grasslands. Total population estimates vary from 5 million to 18 million feral cats, with the Federal Government citing a figure of 18 million cats in its statutory Threat Abatement Plan.

      Each feral cat kills between 5-30 animals per day. While they appear to prefer small mammals, they also eat birds, reptiles and amphibians. Taking the lower figure in that range (five) – and multiplying it by a conservative population estimate of 15 million cats – gives an estimate of 75 million native animals killed daily by feral cats.

      Unfortunately, techniques such as baiting, trapping and shooting – which allow islands and fenced areas to be laboriously cleared of feral cats – are not currently effective at a landscape scale. Cats are difficult to locate and extremely wary, which makes trapping and shooting resource-intensive and impracticable. In addition, the removal of cats from one area is offset by immigration from adjacent areas. Baiting is also currently limited in effectiveness (cats do not readily take bait as they are live prey specialists; and baiting can have a significant impact on native species). Finally, the introduction of diseases (biological control) does not represent a viable option at this stage: for example, many of the diseases are already in the wild cat population

      – See more at:

    • What do you think ferrel cats are something to be saved….if people did not dump unwanted cats in the bush there would be no need for it.

  5. Will someone show her the photos of baby lambs that have been taken by a mob of feral cats, I bet she won’t protest so much then

  6. I agree there is a major problem with feral cats, but the suggested cull is not going to stop the problem. To eradicate the problem,it needs to be addressed in two ways (1) a subsidised desexing scheme would prevent further animals being dumped once they become pregnant and adding to the issue. (2) A humane cull on feral cats properly conducted. My only concern is how are they going to be caught without impacting further on our wildlife..

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    • trouble is, we have feral people by the gazillions now and they dont care about anyone or anything but themselves… thats just how its become…. but your ideas are great. Irresponsibility reigns here.

  7. A somewhat sensible idea for a change, they are causing blindness in the wallabies in Tassie. If people want to keep cats they should be required to ensure they never leave the owner’s residence and preferably are in an enclosed yard. (not picking on cats as I believe in responsible ownership of dogs too)

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    • Yes Linda. I also know of a dairy farmer here in Tas that had his cows losing calves because of a disease spread by feral cats. His vet told him to get rid of the feral cats and he wouldnt have a problem.

    • Pity we couldnt also do something about the feral birds. Sparrows and Starlings. Just plagues of the mongrels.

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