BERLIN (AP) — What a cat-astrophe!

Authorities within the southwest German city of Walldorf have ordered some cat house owners to maintain their pets indoors till the tip of August, to guard a uncommon chicken throughout its breeding season.

The decree is designed to assist save the crested lark, which makes its nest on the bottom and is subsequently simple prey for feline hunters. The chicken’s inhabitants in Western Europe has declined sharply in latest many years.

Authorities in Walldorf wrote that “amongst different issues the survival of the species relies on each single chick.”

The decree, which applies to all cats within the southern a part of the city and can be repeated for the approaching three years, has reportedly prompted meows of anguish from pet house owners.

Regional day by day Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung reported Wednesday that the top of the native animal safety affiliation plans to take authorized steps to problem the decree.

“Please stay calm,” it quoted him as saying. “I can guarantee you we’ll do our greatest to cease this disproportionate measure.”