I am grateful to Clive Moulding for providing the following information
Under the terms of the 1996 Wild Animals (protection ) Act people can be found guilty of cruelty charges against any animal wither native or not this would include our feline friends. So if a farmer shoots at one of these cats and wounds it and he does not try to find it and despatch the animal he could be convicted under this act. (Definition of animals in this case includes domestic and exotic).
Also the 1960 Abandonment Act is still on the statue books and has not been changed last year two people in Liverpool were convicted under this Act for releasing a bitch and her puppies on some waste ground.
The only thing that stops people from being prosecuted for releasing feline cats is the time scale of the events.
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