Russian Cats Now Banned in ‘United Nations of Cat Federation’

Yep, even Russian cats are feeling the consequences of the war.

Russian cats have just been banned from participating in international cat shows because of the war.

Here’s what happened.

‘UN of Cat Federations’ Bans All Russian Cats from Competitions and Being Registered

The Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFe) is an international cat organisation and self-proclaimed “United Nations of Cat Federations”.

The FIFe holds about 700 cat shows every year, with more than 200,000 cats participating. You can see why this is a huge deal in the cat community.

The FIFe’s executive board said that they were shocked and horrified at the Russians’ actions, and feels like they can’t just do nothing about it.

Thus, from 1 March 2022, Russian cat owners will not be allowed to enter their cats in any FIFe shows.

Cats bred in Russia will also not be allowed to be imported and registered in any FIFe pedigree book outside Russia.

These restrictions will last till 31 May 2022, where they’ll be reviewed when necessary.

Supporting Cat Breeders and Fanciers in Ukraine

The executive board also acknowledged that many Ukrainian feline fanciers are trying their best to take care of their cats and other animals in these circumstances.

They are heartened to see many members of FIFe clubs in countries bordering Ukraine lending a helping hand to their breeder friends.

Thus, they have decided to use part of their budget to support cat breeders and fanciers in Ukraine.

They’ll also consult the Ukrainian FIFe Member Ukrainian Felinology Union (UFU) on how best to support those affected in Ukraine.

They ended their post wishing Ukrainian friends well: “We hope for the sake of our Ukrainian friends that this terrible situation will not last a lot longer and we wish them a lot of courage and good fortune!”

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Politicising Animals?

There are many who supported FIFe’s move, but others felt like the federation should not be politicising animals.

After all, why should cats and their owners be punished for a war that they didn’t start?

However, if you look at the bigger picture, the same could be said for athletes and civilians affected by sanctions on sports and banks. This move by FIFe could simply be seen as another way to further isolate Russia from the rest of the world. This could increase domestic pressure from Russians on Putin to stop the war (though he shows no signs of compromise).

Regardless, all of us cats at Goody Feed hope that everyone, felines or not, stays safe throughout this crisis.

You can read FIFe’s statement in full:

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