Cat Killings

Kitten Media Release

“Enough is enough”: community rallies after spate of “cruel” cat killings

Australian Government to drop schedule 7 poison out of helicopters in latest cat killing campaign.

  • A spate of cat killings in South Australia have left a community in shock after two animals are found decapitated in as many weeks.
  • The RSPCA cite the penalties for aggravated animal cruelty as up to $50,000 and 4 years imprisonment.
  • The charity responsible for overseeing animal cruelty in South Australia has advised the public to closely monitor their animals.
  • Animal lovers in shock after the latest wave of cat attacks leaves a community reeling

SYDNEY, 22 May 2019: Animal Liberation, an Australian animal rights group dedicated to permanently improving the lives of animals, condemns the recent spate of cat attacks in South Australia and the Government’s poisoning campaign as an “incitement” to violence.


Days ago, a months-old headless black cat was discovered in the backyard of the owners home. Codified as “aggravated animal cruelty” by the SA RSPCA, this is but one of a series of attacks that Animal Liberation spokesperson Alex Vince says are the inevitable result of the recent propaganda campaign waged against cats in this country.


While conservative estimates place the number of native animals killed per year by land-clearing at over 50 million individuals in New South Wales and Queensland alone, the density of cats across the country are largely impossible to reliably calculate. That such unreliable estimates are used as evidence and grounds for aerial 1080 poisoning campaigns using a highly toxic and indiscriminate bait is extremely concerning.


“The controversy surrounding the population size of wild cats in Australia and their impact on native species is highly politicised,” said Alex Vince. “There is a reason the multitude of deaths caused by land-clearing and irresponsible land management practices are put in the too-hard basket. When you follow the estimates it becomes clear that there is simply no reliable science behind it. If you trace the infamous 18-million Australia-wide estimate, it leads to an anonymous article in a New Zealand newspaper. And even then, the estimate was cited as ‘between 5.6 and 18.4’ million animals. Why should we become complicit in vast amounts of suffering caused by 1080 when we cannot even be sure how many cats there are?”


The current spate of cruel cat attacks are tied to recent media reports about the Australian Government dropping millions of poisoned sausages out of helicopters. Even if it was possible to extrapolate a national estimate, utilising a toxin such as 1080 is inherently cruel and unjustifiable. That this campaign includes aerial baiting recklessly puts other, native animals at risk. According to a network of concerned organisations, the Coalition of Australians Against 1080 Poison, 1080 is “indiscriminate, inhumane and unacceptable”.


“Sadly it is hardly surprising to see this level of violence given the wholesale cat killing war our Government intends to wage. This is but the latest crime committed and incited by a propaganda campaign demonising the cat. If it becomes possible to kill them with a schedule 7 poison, it becomes easier to be incited to act cruelly towards them. Demonising and killing cats is shamefully becoming an Australian penchant. It’s as simple as that”.


Animal Liberation urges the Australian public to sign the petition calling for an urgent review of 1080 poison by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).


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