AVA submission on the draft updated threat abatement plan for predation by feral cats

08 Feb 2024

The Feral Cat Threat Abatement Plan (TAP) is an important document to assist with the protection of our threatened and vulnerable native species. It provides guidance to different stakeholders to help achieve consistency, efficiency, effectiveness, humaneness and best practice across jurisdictions and landscapes. Cats are intelligent, sentient animals who play a significant role in Australian society.

Cats form bonds with people and provide companionship and enjoyment.  For many people, relationships with animals are positive and important by contributing to health and wellbeing. However, it is recognised that management of domestic cats to promote cat and human welfare and to reduce native species predation, poses many challenges and must be carefully considered. 

It is hoped that the AVA submission will provide useful insights into improving approaches to manage both feral and domestic cats. Read the full submission here.