Australian Capital Territory (ACT) acts humanely towards feral cats while the other jurisdictions do not

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As an introduction I would like to say this: the volunteers who manage feral cat colonies under TNR programs are very decent, kind people. They do their work without charge, freely and with a love of the cats. One TNR volunteers sums it up, “The amount of suffering is the reason that we do …

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Is mandatory cat registration the future of cat ownership?

Cat registration

New Zealand and Australia lead the way on discussing and implementing obligatory cat registration through specific legislation. This is because the authorities believe that they have valuable native wild species, normally small mammals and birds, which need protection against predation by indoor/outdoor cats. For example, New Zealand is a country with a low human …

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Targeted domestic cat confinement a better solution to protecting wildlife

Outdoor cat caught a mouse

Usually, the discussion about protecting wildlife from predation by domestic cats is binary: either you confine them to the home or you allow them to be free-roaming. A lot of people think domestic cat should be allowed to roam freely in the interests of their cat’s health. People generally prioritise their cat companion’s health …

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Australian Capital Territory leads the world on cat containment

What would you say to someone who said to you that they hate cats?

I have the feeling that Australian Capital Territory (ACT) leads the world on domestic cat containment. I think that in the future humankind will look back and decide that it was the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly which was at the leading edge of the concept of permanent domestic cat containment. I can foresee …

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