( photo taken from http://www.feralcatwelfare.org.uk)
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland ( RZSS) has been granted a license allowing them to kill feral and stray cats with a shotgun in Scotland in a bid to save the Scottish wildcat from extinction in a conservation project lead by Scottish Wildcat Action.
This barbaric and necessary action is to prevent cross-mating with domestic and feral cats which are deemed one of the main threats to the Scottish wildcat.
This is yet another government backed scheme targeting animals in a cruel effort to ‘benefit’ another cause. This is another case of laziness on behalf of the organisation. The obvious and kinder solution to end the threat to the wild cat is to neutering these feral cats than just simply killing them to avoid breeding with the wildcat.
Protection of the Scottish wildcat is something I would normally back but I most certainly do not agree with the upcoming plans intent on achieving this. To kill another animal to save another from extinction is unacceptable especially as they are other means of protecting this species.
Feral cats can be and are neutered and in fact animal charities will often catch them and neuter them before realising them back into the wild.
My concern is not only for the feral cats but also for roaming or missing pet cats. Incidents have been reported where pet cats have been mistaken for feral and taken in by cat charities. This unfortunately means pet cats could be in danger of being shot in the process of this cruel action of the RZSS.
Thankfully many are condemning this cruel idea such as Cat’s protection and Dr Paul O’Donoghue, Chief scientific Advisor to Wildcat Haven and the previous advisor to Scottish Wildcat Action before leaving this position following concerns of this action plan.
What the RZSS license application contained regarding feral cats:
“Any individuals which are obviously feral domestic cats, non-native or unfit for release will bedispatched according to standard predator control practices, by the land manager, as per estate norms. Dispatch with a 12 bore shotgun using number three shot (lead shot not to be used overforeshore or wetlands), positioned 5m from the trap, aiming at the head and front of shoulder, is recommended.”
The project also includes backing from the:
Scottish Wildlife Trust,
National Trust for Scotland
The Royal School of Veterinary Studies Edinburgh University.
Whether you live in Scotland or anywhere else in the UK ( as I do) this is an issue that effects us all.If you are a tax payer and an animal lover you may be outraged to know the organisations wanting to carry out this action are funded by taxpayers and the national lottery.
What can we do to help?If you feel passionately about this issue please make others aware and if you’d like you can contact the following with your concerns:
- Aileen McLeod, Environment Minister. Facebook: facebook.com/AileenMcLeodMSP.
- Twitter: @AileenMcLeodMSP. Email: Aileen.McLeod.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Scottish Government. Facebook: facebook.com/TheScottishGovernment. Twitter: @scotgov
- Save Our Wildcats / Scottish Wildcat Action Plan. Facebook: facebook.com/saveourwildcats. Twitter: @SaveOurWildcats
- Scottish Natural Heritage. Facebook: facebook.com/ScottishNaturalHeritage. Twitter: @SNH_Tweets
- RZSS. Facebook: facebook.com/edinburgh.zoo. Twitter: @rzss.
- Edinburgh Zoo. Facebook: facebook.com/EdinburghZooScotland. Twitter: @Edinburgh Zoo.