Cat’s Out Of The Bag, Tassie

How is the Tassie government dealing with their feral cat problem?

Feral cats are threatening our native wildlife in most states which unfortunately means many feral cats are being put down. The Tasmanian government together with the help of Animal Welfare and Farming Groups are trying to reduce the number of cats being put to sleep by implementing strict rules for cat owners.

The Tasmanian government intends to microchip and de-sex all cats as well as setting a limit on the amount of cats a household can own to four per house. Peter West CEO for RSPCA Tasmania gave his approval, praising the plan:

The things that we like are: the fact that now people must de-sex, they must microchip and that there is a much stronger action being taken against feral cats.

Changes to the previous strategy allow farmers to humanely put down feral cats on “primary production land.” Previously this was only allowed by farmers who had grazing livestock.

West understands that it is always difficult to put animals to sleep, especially ones that were once domesticated, but unfortunately, when they are doing harm to farmers and native wildlife immediate action is required to solve the problem.

This new venture from the Tasmanian Government will cost 1.44 million dollars over a period of four years. Animal welfare hopes to confine the animals, but according to West, the idea raised concerns for many.

President of Ten Lives, the largest cat-dedicated shelter in Tasmania, believes that the Tasmanian public needs to be educated on cat ownership, specifically how to contain their cats.

"Containment is better for cats, better for the environment and better for the Tasmanian community."

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