Australia Killing Millions of Feral Cats Using Poisoned Sausages

Updated On 30 Apr, 2019 Published On

Australian officials are killing millions of feral cats by airdropping poisonous sausages across the country.

According to a The New York Times report, the Australian government announced in 2015 that they had planned to kill 2 million feral cats by 2020.

Australia’s former environment minister, Josh Frydenberg, told the publication, "Feral cats are a real menace and a very significant threat to the health of our ecosystem."

In the first year after publicizing the plan, the 211,560 feral cats were estimated to be killed, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

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

The recipe for the sausages includes chicken fat, kangaroo meat, spices, herbs and a poison, 1080, which is deadly to the feral cats.

As per the report, after a cat eats the contaminated sausage, it takes 15 minutes for it to be killed.

More than half a million sausages are airdropped in a month. About 50 sausages are reportedly dropped in every square kilometer.

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