The Federal Member for Page, Janelle Saffin, has welcomed the Government’s decision to ban the Savannah cat from being brought into Australia.

Ms Saffin said there was a lot of concern locally about the possible introduction of the Savannah cat.

“I, like a lot of members of our community, am a cat owner, but we know too well the destructive impact that feral cats have on our native fauna,” she said.

“There was evidence that the introduction of these bigger cats could have made our feral cat problem much worse.”

The Savannah cat is a cross between a domestic cat and a Serval, a medium-size wild cat from Africa.

Environment Minister Peter Garret announced on the weekend that he was banning the cat because it posed an extreme risk to Australia’s environment and biodiversity.

Mr Garrett used his powers under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to amend the definition of domestic cat to rule out cats with the genes of the Serval.

The scientific assessment presented to Minister Garret found that the Savannah cat posed an extreme threat to our native wildlife, and that each generation could retain the more efficient hunting traits of the wild African Serval.

Ms Saffin said the decision to ban the Savannah cat highlighted the Government’s determination to make decisions based on the best possible outcome for the Australian environment.