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Webinar: Domestic cats and biodiversity – an international wildlife law perspective


Seminars in Biodiversity and Evolution

Arie Trouwborst, Tilburg University | June 11, 2021

Around the world, free-roaming domestic cats (Felis catus) – pets, stray and feral cats – threaten wildlife in various ways, from direct predation to disease transmission. According to a rapidly growing body of scientific knowledge, cats in fact occupy a top rank amongst invasive species threatening biodiversity. This raises the question what law has to say about outdoor cats. The webinar addresses this question, with an emphasis on international wildlife law. Besides highlighting a broad range of relevant obligations, the webinar also seeks to make sense of the current pervasive non-compliance with these obligations. The webinar builds on two recent publications:
– A. Trouwborst & H. Somsen (2020) ‘Domestic cats (Felis catus) and European nature conservation law – applying the EU Birds and Habitats Directives to a significant but neglected threat to wildlife’, Journal of Environmental Law, https://doi.org/10.1093/jel/eqz035
– A. Trouwborst, P. McCormack & E. Martínez Camacho (2020) ‘Domestic cats and their impacts on biodiversity – a blind spot in the application of nature conservation law’, People & Nature, https://doi.org/10.1002/pan3.10073


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