Australia has a huge problem. Cats keep killing native species so that’s why many towns in Australia are considering a cat curfew that will limit or even ban cats from going outside where they could potentially kill native birds and other animals.

“Each feral cat kills up to 1,000 native animals a year, ranging from crickets to lizards and small mammals,” the The Sydney Morning Herald reports. Cats have been responsible for the extinction of at least 20 mammal species, including the desert bandicoot.

So if you live in Australia, care for your cat but also keep it from killing native animals as well. Cats may be important, but native species are important as well.

To read more about Australia’s potential curfew laws, click here.

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