DO ILLEGAL CATS HAVE RIGHTS? – Flippancy aside, this is environmentalism done right:
A conservation agency has constructed what is believed to be the world’s longest cat-proof fence in central Australia to save native wildlife and vegetation ravaged by the feline predators.
Australia has the highest extinction rate in the world, while declining populations are affected by habitat loss as well as introduced creatures such as cats, foxes and rabbits going feral and killing native species across the vast continent.The Australian Wildlife Conservancy this month finished building and electrifying the 44km fence to create a predator-free area of almost 9,400 hectares, some 350km northwest of Alice Springs.
“Australia does not have an effective strategy for controlling cats,” AWC chief Attius Fleming told AFP.
“The only way we can save Australia’s most endangered animals is by establishing these massive feral cat-free areas using conservation fencing.”
Fleming said as part of the project – which is funded by public and government donations – cats and other feral animals were being removed from the area, with threatened native mammals to be reintroduced next year.
The mammals set to be reintroduced in the area, which is owned by the AWC, include the western quoll, the numbat, the bilby and the central rock-rat.
The project will be extended in 2020 to cover a larger area of around 100,000 hectares.
One “problem” with the environmental is that most of it is owned by everyone – i.e. no one. If you want to know why it’s such a big problem trying to manage and protect something owned by no one in particular, you can Google “the tragedy of the commons” (or read about the communist societies). In turn, the best way to steward something is to make sure its ownership is well defined because the owner in general will have more interest in looking after it than the community. Hence, if you want to protect wildlife, buy your own land and build a fence around it. Put your money (as opposed to always the taxpayers’) where your mouth is, whether it’s a wildlife preserve in central Australia or rainforests in South America.