Fact check: Are feral cats killing over 20 billion native animals a year?

Environment Minister Greg Hunt has pledged new money to help community groups trap and eradicate feral cats.

Credit: T Doherty.
Credit: T Doherty.

“There are up to 20 million feral cats taking up to four native Australian animals a night. That is over 20 billion Australian native species being destroyed a year,” Mr Hunt said on ABC’s Landline on November 2.

It’s well recognised that feral cats are a major threat to native wildlife, but are there really almost as many cats as people in Australia?

ABC Fact Check takes a look at the numbers.

Read more at ABC FactCheck.

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