The Ministry declared 'Too many of this country's 7 million cats are overfed, given portions of meat and fish to a man would be the equivalent of a 3 lb joint every lunchtime.' Cats, it was alleged, consumed 40 million gallons of milk a year - a piece of Government imaginative accountancy. The problem was that the ordinary cat lover wasn't having it and the Ministry had to lighten its tone even accepting that some cats were engaged
in work 'of national importance' catching mice and rats on industrial premises. Nonetheless thousands were killed during this period with little or no memorial!
Source: Bonzo's War: Animals Under Fire Clare Campbell published by Constable and Robinson