2 comments to “The pendulum swings”

  1. amanda | December 7, 2013 | Permalink

    I have written to the shire of swan expressing my concern ages ago before the cat laws came into effect as I have for instance a couple of nasty people that live near me that carry on about cats and killing birds. One reported me for feeding two little stray kittens saying they were killing wildlife, so I had to get a cage, I was advised by the council that they would be euthanized, so I found out about Banjup animal rescue. As I thought I hadn’t fed these cats for six months to be euthanized.
    I noticed Mundaring shire had a list of support services for animals whereas Swan Shire has none, they weren’t interested when I suggested alternatives to their pound.

  2. Worried | December 7, 2013 | Permalink

    Earlier this year, I requested clarification on the laws as not all cats can safely wear collars without endangering themselves. I’m not referring to kittens that manage to get them off, but fully grown, microchipped, sterilised house cats who can be put in danger or physically injure themselves wearing a collar. The response I got was poorly written, and very clearly written by someone who probably doesn’t own a cat, and has no idea what rangers do or the equipment they have to hand. Even the email itself had no subject header (I put my inquiry through an online contact form). It was made very quickly, very clear that there was no intention to actually have any concern for the welfare of the animals. Keep in mind whilst reading this that sterilised and chipped cats have tattoos, and ALL rangers carry hand scanners for chips:

    “As of 1 November 2013, it will be a requirement for all domestic cats to be registered, microchipped and sterilised. There are penalties for not complying with these requirements, and there is no provision that enables a veterinarian to issue some sort of certificate or letter to that effect stating a cat cannot wear a collar for whatever reasons.

    The collar and identification tag requirement, similar to those currently applying to dog owners, will provide a quick and highly visual means of identifying and distinguishing between owned, unowned, and stray cats when in public places. More importantly, it will enable local governments to return these loved pets to their owners quickly rather than impounding them.

    In the absence of a quick and reliable identification tag system, local government enforcement officers and rangers may inadvertently trap and impound owned cats and thereby trigger unnecessary impounding and administrative costs and fees to otherwise responsible cat owners.

    Although your concerns with the risks associated with cats wearing collars is acknowledged and understood, placing requirements on cat owners for their cats, such as wearing collars and mandatory microchipping and sterilisation, is necessary to strengthen the management and control of domestic cats in the community and to bring about more responsible cat ownership. Essentially, it is anticipated that the number of stray cats in the community will reduce as a result of these controls.”

    I have responded, and included my local MP in my response.