Polish cat catchers cash in on German rodents

8th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

8 September 2005, BERLIN/WARSAW - Stray cats from Poland can fetch up to 40 euro in neighbouring Germany where there is a shortage of felines able to hunt a surging population of mice.

8 September 2005

BERLIN/WARSAW - Stray cats from Poland can fetch up to 40 euro in neighbouring Germany where there is a shortage of felines able to hunt a surging population of mice.

Cat-catchers are scouring ally-ways and courtyards in the western Polish city of Poznan and in towns near the German border searching for stray cats to sell in nearby Germany, according to a Thursday report in the regional "Gazeta Poznanska".

Because they can fetch a tidy sum, cats with a litter of kittens are especially sought-after, the daily reported.

German programmes to sterilise cats - both domestic and strays - have caused a dip in the feline population and a consequent boom in the rodent population, especially mice.

Animal shelter workers from Germany also make regular visits to Polish animal shelters in Poznan and nearby towns to take homeless Polish cats and dogs to Germany, the report said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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