6 comments to “WA Cat Act – results year #1”

  1. Michele | August 30, 2014 | Permalink

    I will say it again, mandatory desexing may not fix the problem, but at least the sale, and giving away of undesexed animals should be stopped. Without being able to purchase an undesexed animal all pet owners will end up with a desexed pet which at least will not be able to reproduce in large numbers contributing to an over population of strays. It wont stop people from collecting cat, owning multiple cats, letting their cats roam etc, but at least their cats wont be mating on your front lawn and leaving litters of kittens in your garden shed.

    • savingpets | August 30, 2014 | Permalink

      Yeah, I totally think you nailed it!

      Screw those 3,000 cats and the risk to their individual lives. As cat advocates we should be the first to want to EXPAND this kind of thinking – the more cats we bring in to the pound the better!

      Because, you know… yowling

      And screw those people that think cat charities funded by cat lovers shouldn’t be in the business of lobbying for laws which increase intakes. It’s important to be being seen as doing ‘something’ even if that ‘something’ is simply delivering more cats up to their fate at kill pounds.

      Besides, we can just tell people any increase in impoundments is due to a surge of public irresponsibility, a financial crisis or global warming… or some such thing.

      And definitely screw those No Kill advocates who believe that a pound’s job shouldn’t be to steal people’s pets off them for arbitrary transgressions. How will the public ever learn otherwise!

      I mean obviously some people will say it’s been demonstrably proven that compassionate and humane programs can achieve the same aims, without putting thousands of cat’s lives in danger, but what do they know? Impoundment is a strong lesson in keeping the hell away from us – in fact our pound system in WA won’t have reached maturity until we’re taking in thousands, or even tens of thousands of cats. The goal has always been growth, not solving the issue of pound killing.

      Actually, have you met Graeme Smith of the Lost Dogs Home? He has a lot of the same thoughts – you guys would have a lot to talk about… http://www.savingpets.com.au/2014/04/twenty-years-of-cat-laws-success-for-pounds-not-cats/

  2. Brad Griggs | August 30, 2014 | Permalink

    Good comparison.

    More legislation is not necessarily a good thing, unless it is well thought out, addresses the needs of the key stakeholders, and is backed by the balance of available science and research.

  3. Mark | August 30, 2014 | Permalink

    The cats have done nothing wrong. The government needs to provide some funding to ALL the animal rescue groups, but it should also have legislation which gives the animals some RIGHTS and so they at least have some hope of being re-homed. And what about the employment opportunities for people to work in this field?

  4. Alex | September 3, 2014 | Permalink

    I am a little confused. Armadale Council have impounded lots of cats since the laws came in. This I know for a fact.

    • savingpets | September 4, 2014 | Permalink

      Thanks Alex – I’ve gone back to council, clarified and updated. Thanks for the flag!