I was on a committee for North Sydney Council to make recommendations for the
implementation of the Companion Animals Act many years ago. Being a Bush
Regenerator in a previous life I was determined to get restrictions put on
cats, such as micro-chipping, rules that they do not leave the residential
property, etc. But to no avail. At that time, they were concerned mainly about
dogs because of attacks on other dogs and to people by unrestrained dogs in
parks. The cats got away with it. The fact that they kill and maim other
creatures indiscriminately does not bother our legislators because the cat's
owner is never taken to court.
I would suggest that we each become very active within our local government
area and petition our councils and the state government to amend this
legislation. If we make a big enough noise, they will have to listen.
Perhaps it would also be helpful to get information from Birdlife to back us
up; such as how many creatures, what type of creatures are killed. This will
only get heard if we deal with facts and not handle it emotionally. We need
our local councils and state government ministers onside.
So to start, does anyone have researched information that we can put into our
letters and petitions?
> On 11 Jul 2014, at 11:13, "Shirley Cook" <> wrote:
> I am glad that Charles has make the point about dogs being banned from
> roaming outside their owner's premises. I am required by law to register,
> have her microchipped or wear a name tag and contact telephone niumber, and
> control my pet dog.
> I am able to report stray dogs to Council, and the Council will capture the
> dog and the owner will pay a fine to retrieve it. If I capture a cat and
> take it to Council, I am required to "prove" that it does not belong to a
> neighbour. The cat owner is not required by law to identify or control the
> Believe me, I am also a total animal lover and happily cuddle my
> granddaughter's cat, a lovely old soft purry animal, but the total
> unfairness of it all angers me.
> Shirley Cook