Australia Wants To Kill 2 Million Feral Cats By Airdropping Poisonous Sausages

Published April 29, 2019

Though many have urged the government to stop this "animal genocide," feral cats are responsible for killing 377 million birds and 649 million reptiles every single year.

Cat Staring At Lizard

Wikimedia CommonsCats are responsible for killing 649 million reptiles in Australia every single year.

Australia is in the midst of a murderous rampage against part of its population. Luckily, it’s for the greater good. According to The Independent, the government plans on killing 2 million feral cats by 2020, as the furry felines have contributed to the extinction of around 20 mammal species since their arrival on the continent.

In addition to government officials taking this task into their own hands and shooting cats on sight, the government will be airdropping poisonous sausages across the country. This last meal is comprised of kangaroo meat, chicken fat, herbs, spices, and most importantly, poison.

The lethal snacks are produced at a factory near Perth, and then aerially distributed across thousands of hectares of Australian land. With 50 sausages dropped every 0.6 miles, officials are confident this initiative will succeed and put an end to the country’s cat problem.

As the man who helped create the poisonous recipe, Dr. Dave Algar was adamant that the killing method — which takes 15 minutes to dispatch its victims — had to at least be enjoyable for the millions of unsuspecting victims.

“They’ve got to taste good,” he said. “They are the cat’s last meal.”

A VICE segment on Australia’s feral cat cull.

The bizarre story may seem too surreal to believe, but national commissioner of threatened species, Gregory Andrews, has long been gravely concerned about the issue and described the feral cat problem as the “single biggest threat” to the country’s native species.

“We have got to make choices to save animals that we love, and who define us as a nation like the bilby, the warru (Black-footed rock-wallaby) and the night parrot,” he said.

For some clarifying perspective, it’s estimated that feral cats kill 377 million birds and 649 million reptiles every single year. The 2017 study that gathered that data has only increased the government’s efforts to eradicate these cats, which faced criticism when they were announced in 2015.

A handful of online petitions urging the government to reconsider this feline kill list garnered more than 160,000 signatures. Perhaps most notably was French actress Brigitte Bardot’s letter to stop “animal genocide,” and The Smiths frontman Morrissey claiming that “idiots rule the earth.”

Feral Cat Eating Bird

Wikimedia CommonsAn Australian feral cat eating a bird.

“Feral cats are a nationally significant pest that threaten our unique native fauna,” the Australian National Declaration said in 2015. “While recognizing the important role of domestic cats as companion animals, domestic and stray cats may also threaten native fauna.”

Of course, not all dissenters are exclusively against implementing some necessary population control. Many credible conservationists are instead adamant that focusing only on cats is simply a misguided approach.

The significant encroachment on wildlife and biodiversity from factors such as logging, mining, and urban expansion, for instance, should be equally addressed. At least, that’s what conservation ecologist Tim Doherty from Australia’s Deakin University claims.

“There’s a possibility there that cats are being used as a distraction to some extent,” he said. “We also need to have a more holistic approach and address all threats to biodiversity.”

As it stands, 83 percent of the cats killed thus far have died at the hands of individual shooters. While neither the shooting method nor the poison sausage method may seem particularly appealing, the cats killed by the latter method at least get to enjoy a seemingly delicious little snack before they perish.

After learning about Australia’s feral cat problem, read about the Japanese “cat island” of Aoshima. Then, learn about the feral bunnies multiypling and taking over Las Vegas.

Marco Margaritoff
A former staff writer for All That’s Interesting, Marco Margaritoff holds dual Bachelor's degrees from Pace University and a Master's in journalism from New York University. He has published work at People, VICE, Complex, and serves as a staff reporter at HuffPost.
John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.