Western Australia Minister for Local Government John Castrilli
Have Your Say On Domestic Cat Control Laws In WA
Victor P Taffa
The Western Australia State Government has released a Consultation Paper on the introduction of State-wide Domestic Cat Control Legislation for public comment.
Local Government Minister John Castrilli said the legislation was aimed at reducing the high proportion of stray cats throughout the State.
“In Western Australia more than 5,000 cats are put down each year by the Cat Haven. Unwanted cats have a big impact on the community and the natural environment.” Mr. Castrilli said.
The Minister said the establishment of a consistent and comprehensive regulatory approach across the State may help address these issues.
“Only 19 of the 139 local governments in WA have introduced local cat control laws.” the Minister said.
“Under the proposal, local governments will be required to administer and enforce the legislation, which includes compulsory identification through micro-chipping, compulsory registration and compulsory sterilisation.”
“Community feedback will enable the State Government to make a well-informed decision on the impact of this legislation across the broader community and government sector.”
Mr. Castrilli said it was important that comments were received from those most affected by cat legislation, including cat owners, local governments, and animal welfare organisations.
The mechanisms of the proposed legislation would:
- Promote responsible pet ownership;
- Reduce the number of cats being bred;
- Reduce the number of cats being put down;
- Allow for cats found in a public place or on a private property to be seized;
- Allow for re-uniting of lost cats with their owners.
“I encourage members of the community, local governments and interested organisations to provide written submissions to the Department of Local Government before July 30, 2010 to ensure a wide range of views are considered on the introduction of cat legislation.” the Minister said.