The State Government has demonstrated its strong commitment to State-wide domestic cat control legislation with today’s introduction into Parliament of the Cat Bill 2011.
The legislation has been developed with a view to reducing the thousands of stray cats being euthanized each year and to provide for responsible cat ownership.
Local Government Minister John Castrilli said the Cat Bill 2011 would provide for better management of the unwanted impacts of cats on the community and the environment, as well improving cat welfare.
“Allowing unwanted cats to face starvation and neglect is unacceptable to both the community and the State Government,” he said.
Mr Castrilli said the Act would require identification, registration and sterilisation of domestic cats, and give local governments the power to administer and enforce the legislation.
“Establishing a consistent and comprehensive regulatory approach across the State will help address these issues,” he said.
“There is overwhelming support for these initiatives from both cat owners and non-cat owners, as shown in the 590 submissions received in response to a consultation paper released on June 9, 2010.
“This is a major initiative for this State and is a considered and measured approach to addressing an important animal welfare issue.
“There will be a phased-in period to allow local governments and members of the public time to prepare for the legislation’s introduction from November 1, 2012.
“Provisions requiring micro-chipping, sterilisation and registration will come into effect one year later."
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