I'm stunned. Just stunned. In a world in which so many animals are in need of loving homes, it is mystifying that bespoke breeding of animals occurs-but, even worse, that state legislatures would allow the cross-breeding of domestic and wild cats for profit.
At least Born Free and our allies, such as the Animal Legal Defense Fund, can right this wrong.
At a meeting on October 8 in Mt. Shasta, California, California Department of Fish and Wildlife council members rejected the jointly-filed petition to remove an exemption in state regulations that allowed cross-breeding of domestic and wild cats.
In July, Born Free USA, along with The Animal Legal Defense Fund, Big Cat Rescue, WildCat Haven, and Wildcat Sanctuary, filed our petition to stop this unjustifiable genetic folly in which domestic cats are bred with servals, Asian leopard cats, jungle cats, or bobcats. The resulting hybrid cat breeds retain many wild characteristics, may pose a health risk, and may become invasive species by threatening native wildlife.