faq

To answer some of the most asked questions on the new cat laws log onto:

  http://www.dlg.wa.gov.au/Content/Legislation/CatActFaqs.aspx

 

  

To give you some idea on what some councils have put out below:

  

"There is a limit of 3 cats per property (unless you have a licence). But if you have had more than 3 cats over 12mths old as of the 26th november 2010 then the shire will grant aproval for these cats. Once they die the limit will apply."

As we receive the information we will post it on here most councils are still working on how they will introduce the new cat laws into their Council.

  

  

To read the new cat bill click on this link

  

 

(Public Service News).

  

New laws pounce on cat owners

New laws to reduce the number of cats being euthanised across the State have been passed by the lower House of Parliament.

   Minister for Local Government, John Castrilli said domestic cat laws would reduce the high proportion of stray cats and provide for responsible cat ownership.

   “In essence, the new cat legislation will make way for better management of the unwanted impacts of cats on the community and the natural environment, causing nuisance and damage to property,” Mr Castrilli said.

   “It also provides for the reunion of cats with their owners.”

Bid to reduce stray animals

   He said the Cat Bill 2011 required the identification, registration and sterilisation of domestic cats in WA, and gave Local Governments the power to administer and enforce the legislation.

   “I have listened to concerns of some groups in the community and the register will no longer be a public document,” Mr Castrilli said.

   “Local governments will be able to deal with irresponsible owners, including cat hoarders, and cats that are not owned.”

   He said Local Government rangers would be able to enter premises with a warrant issued by a justice when an offence had been committed.

   “This is necessary to deal with situations where, for example, kittens are bred in terrible conditions or numerous cats are not being cared for,” he said.

   “93 per cent of WA cat owners have already sterilised their cats and for these people this legislation will make little difference as they are already doing the right thing.”

   He said there would be a phase-in period to allow Local Governments and the public time to prepare for the legislation’s introduction from 1 November 2012 and registration, microchipping and sterilisation would only be required by 1 November 2013.

  

  

  

  

New cat law has sharp clauses

New laws governing the control and ownership of cats have been introduced into Parliament.

   Minister for Local Government, John Castrilli said The Cat Bill 2011 would seek to save thousands of feline lives by reducing yearly euthanised numbers and encouraging responsible cat ownership.

   Mr Castrilli said the Act would include compulsory identification, registration and sterilisation of domestic cats and give local governments the power to administer and enforce the legislation.

Owners urged to be responsible

   “Allowing unwanted cats to face starvation and neglect is unacceptable to both the community and the State Government,” Mr Castrilli said.

   “There will be a phased-in period to allow local governments and members of the public time to prepare for the legislation’s introduction from 1 November 2012.”

   He said provisions requiring micro-chipping, sterilisation and registration would come into effect one year later.

   “There is overwhelming support for these initiatives from both cat owners and non-cat owners, as shown in the 590 submissions received in response to a consultation paper released on 9 June 2010,” Mr Castrilli said.

   “This is a major initiative for this State and is a considered and measured approach to addressing an important animal welfare issue.”

   “This is a major initiative for this State and is a considered and measured approach to addressing an important animal welfare issue.”

  

  

NEW CAT LAWS WILL ONLY BE AS GOOD AS THEIR ENFORCEMENT AND WITH PROACTIVE COUNCILS assisting and subsidising sterilisation and microchipping.

Some councils will go overboard with euthasium and some will not enforce at all.

below is one council who hasn't quiet got it but you have to given them a gold star for trying as this interview shows..

17 June, 2011 AWSTNew cat laws welcomed by shire

By Sharon Kennedy (Cross Media Reporter)New cat laws to be introduced state wide next year will help promote responsible cat ownership, says the Busselton Shire Ranger.

Print  Email this  Share  Permalink The WA Government has decided that from November next year, all cats will have to identified, registered and sterilized.

 

Busselton Shire has had cat laws since the mid 90s but Ranger Tim Wall says the WA legislation gives the Shire greater powers to control cats. As well, he notes, only 19 shires in WA have cat control laws.

  

The Shire already encourages owners through a subsidy to register and chip their cats. However, the response has been disappointing, he says.

  

However, since an increase in the subsidy by $25 to $75, the uptake has doubled. "But we'd like to see more."

  

There are no plans to remove the subsidy when the new laws take effect, he adds, because at the end of the day, the goal is to have cats sterilized.

  

Statistics show there are three types of cats, says Tim, cats with owners which are settled and domestic and those which are semi-owned wander from house to house." They do cause us a problem."

  

The problem on the biggest scale is feral cats and there are estimated to be 6 - 18 million cats in Western Australia, he says.

  

Busselton Shire culls humanely using contractors on a regular basis, especially in reserves, says Tim, adding that their efforts dovetail with those of the Department of Conservation and Environment programs on nature reserves.

  

Identification and registration of cats will help, says Tim. "Statistics show that most cats we impound very rarely get picked up."

  

The rangers don't euthanize immediately, however. The cat and its behaviour is assessed and if suitable it's put up for adoption. All cats re-homed must be sterilized.

  

"That then helps us reduce the problem down the line."

  

As for those people who believe their animal will never stray and don't see the point of microchipping, Tim has a story to tell.

  

"I've been in the industry a long time," he says. "Once we impounded this dog and we scanned it. It had a microchip in it. That microchip belonged to someone in Broome. That dog was stolen two years prior.

  

"We do have expensive cats out there. If the cat goes missing, it can be found."

  

Busselton probably won't have to change current operations greatly to fit in with cat laws, Tim believes. "We all have microchip scanners in our cars and at the pound."

  

Having laws enacted at a state level means that people who move between shires won't be faced with extra registration costs or differing bylaws. "I applaud the state government for doing it. It needs to be done at a state level," says Tim.

  

The penalty in Busselton is $100 for an unregistered cat. "I'm assuming (the state government) will go down the same line as the dog act," he says.

  

Tim estimates the cost of microchipping to be between $45 and $75 which needs to be put into the context of the amount of money that people generally spend on their animals, he says.

  

From late next year, new state laws say that all cats will be singing soprano. Which is good news for those disturbed by late night yowls and screeches.

  

Cats will have to be kept home and not wander. Which is good news for those disturbed by finding half eaten birds on the windscreen.

  

  

You can download or read on line the new proposed cat bill.

ProposedCatBill2.pdf  

  

 

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