Australian council is set to ban cats outside unless they are on a LEAD
- Cats in Fremantle, Australia may be banned from roaming unless they’re leashed
- The motion put forth by Councillor Adin Lang was backed at a meeting this week
- The animal could soon be prohibited from all city-owned and managed property
Cats may be banned from walking around freely in Fremantle, Australia in the near future.
Councillors in the Western Australian city backed a motion which, if approved, could see the animal banned from all city-owned and managed property unless they’re on a leash.
Natural bushland areas, verge gardens, median strips and streets trees, which are considered wildlife refuge, would be included too.
A proposed amendment, which could affect the 750 cats registered in Fremantle, will now be drafted by city officers
The motion was put forth in a meeting earlier this week.
The move to begin amending the Cat Management Local Law 2020 in such a way could see the cats prohibited from roads, to save them from being hit by vehicles, too.
Councillor Adin Lang, who put forward the motion, told Perth Now: ‘In the 1970s dogs would roam our streets and I expect roaming cats will also become a thing of the past.
‘While we have prohibited areas in our natural bushland areas, cats are still entering.’
He added that native verge gardens need protection from acts as they act as ‘wildlife refuge’ and called the proposal a ‘practical’ step.
Cats may be banned from walking around freely in Fremantle, Australia in the near future
WA Feral Cat Working Group chairman Dr Tom Hatton also told the news site that the change could help roaming and domestic cats stay safe.
A proposed amendment, which could affect the 750 cats registered in Fremantle, will now be drafted by city officers before going to the council, which will decide if it is to be advertised for public feedback.
If it’s approved after the community’s thoughts are taken into account, it could still be changed or disallowed by the State Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.
The move to begin amending the Cat Management Local Law 2020 in such a way could see the cats prohibited from roads, to save them from being hit by vehicles, too
Feral cats have for a long while been a concern for the Australian government, which roam in more than 99.9% of the country’s landmass.
A federal report from last year revealed that feral cats are seen to be a potential threat to ’74 mammals species and sub-species, 40 birds, 21 reptiles and four amphibians’.
It added that feral cats are responsible for the loss of 1.4 billion native animals every year.