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A German city requires cat owners to be arrested in their homes, whoever violates it will be fined 50,000 euros.

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The German city of Waldorf issued a decree this week requiring cat owners to lock up their cats until the end of August, with each violator facing a fine of up to €50,000.

The decision came in a move to protect the rare bird during its breeding season, as the city justified the decision by saving the “soft lark”, which builds its nest on the ground and is easy prey for cats.

The number of birds of this species in Western Europe has declined dramatically in recent decades, but the International Union for Conservation of Nature has not yet listed it as a threatened species.

Anyone breaking this rule can be fined up to €500 if their cat is found wandering abroad and up to €50,000 if your cat injures or kills these types of birds.

The decision will apply to all cat owners in the city for the next three years, from April to August.

“Banning cats that used to be outside suddenly restricts their movement and causes stress,” Deutscher Turchusbond, Germany’s largest animal welfare organization, told Euronews.

The organization added that “the negative impact of cats on these songbirds is controversial … and there is no proven threat to Waldorf doors that we know of.”

In the UK, cats hunt 27 million birds

While Daniela Schneider, activist with the organization “Four Paws German”, said: “The impact of intensive agriculture, which kills insects and restores fertile land, can have a much greater impact than cats hunting birds”.

“Those reasons are left to humans, it’s better to fight the real reasons than blame the cats.”

According to the European pet food industry, 26% of European households have at least one cat.

A 2013 study found that in the United States alone, domestic stray cats kill an estimated 2.4 billion birds.

Although data from the European Mammal Association indicates that cats hunt up to 100 million animals in spring and summer, of which 27 million are birds.

Source: EuroNews

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