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ALDF, Cat Sanctuaries Ask California Fish and Wildlife to Regulate Hybrid “Franken-Cats”
by Animal Legal Defense Fund
SACRAMENTO – On June 26, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), with co-petitioners Big Cat Rescue, Born Free USA, WildCat Haven, and Wildcat Sanctuary, submitted a petition to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) proposing a rule to amend regulations regarding the breeding and possession of controversial “hybrid” cats. These cats are a result of interbreeding domestic cats with exotic cats. ALDF argues that these hybrid breeds, like Savannahs and Bengals, are unregulated and pose a threat to public health, native wildlife, and animal welfare in California. These trendy “Franken-felines”—popularized by high-profile owners like Kourtney Kardashian and Kristen Stewart—have sold for tens of thousands of dollars, as breeders seek to create a pet with the appearance of a wild animal. This interbreeding creates new dangers as wild cats integrate into domestic settings. Many states have imposed restrictions on hybrid cats; Alabama, Georgia, Hawaii, Nebraska, and Rhode Island, ban hybrid cats outright, as do Australia and New Zealand.
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