Scientists from the Polish Academy of Sciences have just added pet cats (felis catus) to the list of “invasive alien species” (Invasive Alien Species, in English).
According to a statement, the term “alien” is because it was domesticated in the ancient Middle East (a foreign region from a European perspective), while the term “invasive” is due to its “negative impact on local biodiversity.”
The academy has compiled a list of animals it considers an “alien invasive species” that includes Japanese knuckles, raccoons, pale-winged moths and mandarin ducks. The database already includes 1,786 other species.
quote study Where they showed that cats in Poland kill and eat between 48 and 583 million mammals, and 9 and 136 million birds annually, they stated that the species ‘An unexpected danger to local wildlife’.
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Biologist of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Fusch SolarsHe said the criteria for considering a cat as an invasive alien species was “100 percent met by the cat”.
Solars He pointed out that some media reports created a false impression that the institute advocated euthanasia for stray cats and others.
Therefore, the institute published on its website, citing the controversy and its position. The institute emphasized that they opposed any cruelty to animals and that the classification complied with European Union guidelines.
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The institute also recommended that cat owners limit their pets’ time outdoors during the bird breeding season.
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