Domestic cats are invasive alien species, Polish institute declares causing firestorm

The Polish Institute of Nature Conversation has added domestic cats to its database of “invasive alien species,” causing a firestorm as cat lovers in the nation push back on the decision.

Cats were added to the list earlier this month, the Associated Press reported.

According to a blog posted by the institute due to the “controversy” over the decision, cats have a negative effect on local wildlife (birds, for example) and are technically not native to Poland.

“The domestic cat, felis catus, was domesticated probably around 10,000 years ago in the cradle of the great civilizations of the ancient Near East, stretching from the Nile Valley to southern Mesopotamia,” the blog states.

“Therefore, from a purely scientific perspective, in Europe, and therefore also in Poland, it should be considered an alien species.”

According to the institute’s blog addressing the controversy, the domestic cat may be an alien invasive species, but it doesn’t pose a threat to Poland, so there’s no need to worry about troubling consequences of the decision.

“Therefore, the provisions of the Act regarding the need to apply for a permit or conduct remedial measures, including the elimination, isolation and control of the population, do not apply to the domestic cat,” the blog states.