A proposal that could lead to compulsory microchipping and some form of registration for cats has become official policy for Local Government New Zealand.
Our neighbours in Australia could teach New Zealand quite a bit about protecting native wildlife through cat containment. We just spotted this news item from the Border News (serving the twin cities of Albury, NSW and Wodonga, Victoria which sit across the Murray River from each other). The Albury council has granted approval for a
Moreton Bay regional council near Brisbane impounded more than 1500 roaming cats in the past year, with fines up to AUD$235 for owners, reports the North Lakes Times. Dakabin RSPCA acting shelter manager Claire McCarthy (pictured) said roaming cats were a “big problem” in the area. “There is a misconception out there that keeping your
The Canadian city of Guelph is moving towards banning roaming cats within the next five years. Guelph City Council’s Committee of the Whole approved a new animal control bylaw on Monday, which includes a CAD$25 cat licence by 2018. The recommended bylaw goes to full council on 19 December for final approval. But some of
As you’ve probably seen and heard by now, the National Cat Management Strategy Group yesterday released its draft National Cat Strategy for consultation. The NCMSG is a self-appointed lobby group including organisations such as the SPCA, the NZ Veterinary Association and, not surprisingly given their high visibility recently, the Morgan Foundation. For some odd reason,
After considerable acrimony, Wellington Council’s environment committee has voted to make cat microchipping compulsory. The amendments to the current animal bylaw are: all domestic cats over the age of 12 weeks must be microchipped and registered with NZCAR (New Zealand Companion Animal Register) or other Council approved microchip register the Council should use non-regulatroy options
I was reading a story online about a roaming cat that got its paw stuck in a leg-hold trap set by a neighbour. This case was in the Canadian city of Regina – although we’ve certainly had similar occurrences here in New Zealand recently. Something else that caught my attention, however, was that Regina has
Cat owners are not allowed to buy a home in parts of the new Kotuku Parks subdivision on the Kapiti Coast. While local authorities in other places have limited cat ownership, imposed cat curfews or required that cats not be allowed to roam – chiefly to protect native birds – the Kotuku Parks developer will