Why aren’t cat owners responsible for all the wild birds their pets kill?

Cat looking at bird outside

A newspaper journalist questioned why cat owners are not made responsible for the wild birds killed by their cat. There is a huge amount of discussion on the predation of birds by domestic cats and how to stop it. There is very little discussion on whether it is a good idea to make cat …

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Swerving to avoid a cat on the road might be dangerous driving under the law

Cat crosses the road

Would you swerve your car when driving on the road to avoid hitting a cat? Pretty well everyone would not swerve to avoid a cat because to do so would be potentially dangerous. You have a split second to make a decision and the overriding instinct is self-preservation which means maintaining the same course …

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UK animal sentience bill frightens the countryside pursuits brigade

Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill

NEWS AND COMMENT: In Britain, there is a vociferous group of people who like to participate in countryside pursuits which includes hunting foxes and shooting birds. They defend their right to kill animals for pleasure at every opportunity (fox hunting is banned in the UK but it still happens). And an opportunity has arisen …

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Animal abuse: prosecuting for criminal damage rather than animal cruelty

Steve Bouquet the devil incarnate

I’m referring to the UK but this argument may well apply to many other countries. Depending on the circumstances, in the UK, it is better for the prosecuting authorities to charge a person with criminal damage and not animal cruelty if that person or persons have been charged with serious animal cruelty offences. The …

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Are feral cats protected by law?

Are feral cats protected by law?

Are feral cats protected under the law? The critical factor is that it depends where you live. There is a huge variation geographically. For instance, in some countries feral cats will have no protection under the law. They can be shot and abused with impunity by abusive people. In other countries such as in …

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Do cat rescue operations in residential homes have to comply with higher fire regulation standards?

House fire

I am seeing too many stories of rescue cats dying in fires in the US. These are cats housed in someone’s home and the home is doubling up as a rescue facility. And I ask if under these circumstances the home owner, who is a cat rescuer, is obliged to comply with specified, manadatory …

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Can you sue a doctor (veterinarian) for wrong diagnosis?

Animal doctor (veterinarian) with young cat in vet clinic

Veterinarians are called doctors. You can sue a doctor for wrong diagnosis but the whole process is usually highly problematic. You know that something went wrong and you know that your cat received poor treatment by your veterinarian and as a result your cat either died or suffered injury. But you’ve got to prove …

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Biden and Harris are good for animal welfare

Biden and Harris

Joe Biden and his family live with a couple of German shepherds, Champ and Major. So there will be a dog in the White House again which is obviously a good thing. Trump was the first president in a 100 years not to have a dog in the White House. I sense that Trump …

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