UK IS TRAILING OTHER COUNTRIES IN REGULATION OF BREEDING EXOTIC CATS WITH DOMESTIC CATS
I met with Lawrence, CEO of the Wildheart Trust to discuss the “Servival Campaign” which seeks to ban the breeding of exotic cats with domestic cats in the UK.
Of particular concern is the breeding of Servals, exotic cats (felids) native to Africa, with domestic cats to produce the Savannah cat.
The UK is trailing other countries when it comes to regulating hybrid exotic felids, with many others banning Savannah hybrids.
This is fuelled by the “designer pet” trade but the breeding of exotic cats with domestic cats is as cruel as breeding a wolf with a poodle.
Legislation is needed to make this form of hybridisation illegal since it causes so much suffering to animals caught up in this trade, mitigates against threats to our own native species and will prevent a surge in unwanted hybrids which owners struggle to care for due to their wild behaviours. Indeed, their wild behaviours also mean that cat rescue centres are not able to take them in, so those which are unwanted have no support framework.
The popularity of these hybrid cats are booming with unregulated adverts for hybrid kittens appearing across selling sites, chat rooms and social media. In addition, there are insufficient legal protections regarding animal husbandry for these animals, allowing them to be kept in sub-standard conditions with unqualified personnel.
More info can be found at https://wildheartanimalsanctuary.org/servival/.