The International Feline Federation announced on its website that due to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, FIFe has banned Russian cats from international competitions until at least June.
“The FIFe Board believes it cannot simply witness these atrocities and do nothing,” the organization said.
He noted that in addition to more than a million people displaced as part of the violence in Eastern Europe, animals are also affected.
The “shocked and horrified” federation said it would use part of its budget to help cat lovers in Ukraine. Its sanction against Russia also prohibits any cat bred in Russia from being registered in a FIFe stud book outside the country.
“We hope for the sake of our Ukrainian friends that this terrible situation will not last long and we wish them a lot of courage and good fortune!” federation officials added.
FIFe considers itself to be “the United Nations Organization of Cat Federations” and claims members in 40 countries. According to its website, the federation has been organizing shows since 1949.