Monday, 14 July 2014
NEWSLINK: ALDF and Big Cat Rescue propose bill to ban hybrid cats.
TAMPA, FL– Today, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), with co-petitioners Big Cat Rescue, of Tampa, FL, Born Free USA, WildCat Haven, and Wildcat Sanctuary, submitted a petition to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) proposing a rule to amend regulations regarding the breeding and possession of controversial “hybrid” cats.
These cats are a result of interbreeding domestic cats with exotic cats. ALDF argues that these hybrid breeds, like Savannahs and Bengals, are unregulated and pose a threat to public health, native wildlife, and animal welfare in California. These trendy “Franken-felines”—popularized by high-profile owners like Kourtney Kardashian and Kristen Stewart–have sold for tens of thousands of dollars, as breeders seek to create a pet with the appearance of a wild animal.