Cats have $12m impact on Australian agriculture

Cats have $12m impact on Australian agriculture

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[04 December, The Guardian]

Diseases carried by cats are having a $12 million impact on Australian agriculture each year, with the sheep industry affected the most, according to a study by the Threatened Species Recovery Hub of the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Programme. The diseases - including toxoplasmosis, sarcocystosis and cat roundworm - depend on cats to reproduce and spread. "We can reduce the cost of cat-dependent diseases on agriculture by lowering numbers of feral and pet cats around farms," Co-author Dr Patrick Taggart said.

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