Save Scottish Wildcats From Extinction

Target: Scottish Natural Heritage

Goal: Prevent the extinction of Scottish Wildcats, an important and charismatic species

For centuries, the Scottish Wildcat has been a symbol of protection and tenacity.  Ancient clans would form under the image of the animal and fight wars for independence.  The Scottish Wildcat is the last large mammal predator in Britain, and today only 40 remain roaming the Scottish Highlands. Felis silvestris grampia (Scottish Wildcat) has occupied this earth for millions of years, and it is now being wiped out by humans.  These magnificent creatures are being caught in traps and skinned for fur and other useless purposes.  They have also been hit by vehicles, and suffered from severe loss of habitat.  However, though all these impacts are important, an even worse threat now faces the Scottish Wildcat.

This threat is the mass spread of domestic cats.  Over 100,000 domesticated cats now live in the Scottish Highlands and are breeding more feral cats all time.  Feral cats interbreed with Scottish Wildcats, diluting the gene pool of the endangered species.  Steve Piper, the Chairman of the Scottish Wildcat Association said, “However you juggle the figures, it is hard to find anything positive. The overwhelming evidence is that the wildcat is going to be extinct within months.”  This solid fact is truly disheartening and extremely alarming.

Scottish Natural Heritage, an environmental agency of the Scottish Government, made a promise to address the issues of this endangered species and nothing has been done. By signing the petition below, you are calling out the agency on their broken promises, and urging them to take every measure necessary to ensure the Scottish Wildcat does not go extinct.


Dear Scottish Natural Heritage,

The Scottish Wildcat has been roaming the Highlands for millions of years, and is an essential piece of our ecosystem. It is the national ambassador of protection, fearlessness, and tenacity; Clans have gathered under the image of the wildcat for centuries so as to conjure strength in battles for independence.  Due to trapping, vehicle accidents, loss of habitat, and the mass domestication of cats, the Scottish Wildcat has been depleted in numbers to only 40 remaining.

Each day these precious creatures are creeping towards extinction, and the causes for such a catastrophe rests in the actions of humans.  It is up to us to reverse the ultimate demise of these regal creatures.

I am urging you to address this issue and take the necessary measures to ensure the safety and conservation of the Scottish Wildcat.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Cecily Colloby. says:

    I thought trapping animals was illegal in the UK? Can only hope that those who do the trapping accidently get caught in their own traps and suffer the agony they cause these beautiful cats. It seems the human race will not be satisfied ’til it has brought about the extinction of every other animal on the planet except themselves.

  2. SHAME ON THOSE PEOPLE WHO TRAP THE WILDCATS! They are very fragile.I agree with Mike Penn, there are many bureaucrats and university-trained ecologists, who have no practical experience about the problems of interbreeding of wild and domestic species. I sugest that the Govt leaves this to people like Mike!

  3. Helene Beck says:

    I wrote directly to Scottish Natural Heritage about this matter re. Scottish Wildcats (I am a long time cat-lady!), and they responded:
    “Apologies for the delay in responding and thank you for your interest in Scottish wildcats.

    We along with a wide range of partner organisations have recently launched a new Conservation Action Plan for Scottish wildcats. This sets out the actions we plan to take for the next 6 years to do all we can to ensure wildcats continue to be an iconic species here in Scotland.

    Please see the press release on our website

    and the detail of the action plan –

    I hope this provides you with some assurance that this work is very important to SNH and the Scottish Government.”

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