The leader of the largest hunting lobby in France has angered cat lovers by suggesting that pets that roam more than 300 meters from their home be trapped because they kill wildlife.
Willy Schraen, 50, who heads the National Hunters’ Federation, said the population of 13.5 million cats, the largest in Europe, poses an existential threat to birds and other small animals.
“The cat destroys biodiversity,” he said. “There are too many cats in France. It is an extremely predatory animal. . . The cat kills many more animals than hunters. They bring mice home, sometimes a rat and sometimes a little hare and three little partridges, a little hen, “said Schraen on a filming website. Urgent action was required,