Tackling the feral cat pandemic: a plan to save Australian wildlife

December 2020

© Commonwealth of Australia 2020
ISBN: 978-1-76092-195-8

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Foreword

Members

Terms of Reference

List of Recommendations

List of Abbreviations

1. Introduction

  Overview
  Referral of the inquiry
  Conduct of the inquiry
  Structure of this report

2. The prevalence and impact of feral and domestic cats

  Classifying feral and domestic cats
  The prevalence of feral and domestic cats
  The impact of feral and domestic cats

3. Commonwealth, state and territory legislation, regulation and cooperation

  Commonwealth legislative and regulatory approaches to feral cats
  State and territory legislative and regulatory approaches, and the role of local governments
  International comparisons

4. Feral cat control

  Feral cat control methods

5. Domestic cat control, public awareness and education

  Public awareness of the feral and domestic cat problem
  The interaction between owned cats and the feral cat problem
  Responsible cat ownership

6. Committee view and recommendations

  Recognising the threat of feral cats
  Conduct of a body of work
  Strategy, planning and resourcing
  Commentary on cat control methodology
  Public awareness and education
  Domestic cat management
  Governance to support effective strategy

A. Submissions

B. Public hearings

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