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It’s confirmed: your cat is a troublemaker.
The respected scientific institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PASIFIC) has officially classified cats as an “invasive alien species”, according to The Associated Press.
The study, led by PASIFIC biologist Wojciech Solarz, found that the damage caused by cats in terms of hunting and killing birds and other wildlife was sufficient justification for considering the animals invasive.
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The species ‘Felis catus’, also known as the house cat, has been recorded in a national database powered by the academy’s Institute of Nature Conservation – which contains 1,786 other species – and it there was no objection to that.
But audiences reportedly responded to this new entry with outright disapproval.
The scientist told the AP that the public may have been upset by false accusations that the institute was pushing to euthanize feral cats.
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Fox News Digital has reached out to the state-run Polish Academy of Sciences for comment.
The “100%” cat met all the criteria to end up on the invasive species list, Solarz explained, because of the animals’ detrimental impact on biodiversity.
During an appearance on independent broadcaster TVN, Solarz mentioned that cats kill 140 million birds in Poland each year.
The institute addressed the controversy on its website last month, highlighting the academy’s opposition to animal cruelty, the AP reported.
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The institute stressed that it only recommends that cat owners limit the time their pets spend outdoors during bird breeding season.
Becky Robinson, president and founder of Bethesda, Maryland-based Alley Cat Allies, leader of a global movement to protect cats and kittens, is skeptical, however, that other parts of the world, such as Australia and New Zealand, won’t pursue efforts to get rid of the cats.
“Make no mistake: labeling cats as invasive is a favored first step in a larger strategy to kill them in large numbers through horrific cat hunts and poisonings,” she said in a statement on Tuesday. at Fox News Digital.
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“This idea of killing cats will never be accepted by the compassionate society we live in,” Robinson said.
“Killing cats will never be effective, nor will it be morally acceptable.”
Robinson said biologists and ecologists have proven that other factors, such as climate change and habitat destruction, are the main cause of species loss – making it “completely inappropriate” to blame it on the cats, she said.
The institute’s advice to limit the time cats spend outdoors goes against the species composition, Robinson argued, since cats have lived alongside humans for thousands of years.
It’s only recently, she says, that they’ve started living indoors, given the invention of kitty litter in the last century.
“There is no future that people can exist in without cats. They are here to stay,” she said.
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“The only way forward is through humane, non-lethal programs like Trap-Neuter-Return, the scientifically proven approach to effectively and humanely treating community cat populations,” she said.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.