Council considers scrapping cat registration for desex laws

A petition is calling for the compulsory de-sexing of cats and dogs over the age of six-months.
A petition is calling for the compulsory de-sexing of cats and dogs over the age of six-months. Sarah Harvey

UPDATE: A PETITION calling for state-wide laws to make pet desexing compulsory has been rejected by the State Government.

However, Toowoomba Regional Council has not ruled out introducing desexing laws of its own and will consider abandoning mandatory cat registration.

More than 1500 people signed the petition calling for all dogs and cats to get the snip before reaching six months of age.

Minister for Agriculture John McVeigh said any such decision would have to be made by local governments.

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RSPCA spokesman Michael Beattie said 3500 unwanted cats and dogs came through the Toowoomba RSPCA shelter last financial year.

"We have always said that cat registration was unlikely to have a major effect and would be very hard to police," he said.

"What is needed is mandatory desexing."

Mayor Paul Antonio has been in discussion with Brisbane Mayor Graham Quirk about the issue.

"He suggested his leadership group has recommended giving up cat registration," Cr Antonio said.

"We have to manage it somehow, but I'm not sure registration is the right way."

Cr Antonio said council would discuss desexing bylaws "in the near future".

"But we will need the co-operation of both the State and Federal Governments to achieve the outcomes we want," he said.

"Getting that co-operation is not looking too bad at the moment."

View Minister McVeigh's full response here.

 

2.51PM: A petition to introduce mandatory pet de-sexing laws in Queensland will not be backed by the State Government.

More than 1500 petitioners signed an e-petition calling for laws to be introduced to require all cats and dogs over six months old to be de-sexed.

Minister for Agriculture John McVeigh has responded to the call, saying such laws could not be effectively policed and came under the jurisdiction of local governments.

"When the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act was drafted, it did not include mandatory de-sexing of cats and dogs because the evidence at the time indicated it would not be effective in reducing the number of unwanted animals," Mr McVeigh said.

"The ability to enforce such provisions was also considered impractical.

"The AMCDA does, however, promote de-sexing through offering incentives such as reduced registration fees for de-sexed animals.

"The Queensland Government will not be introducing state-wide cat or dog breeder registration schemes as many Queensland councils have local animal management laws and/or development planning requirements that regulate the keeping and control of animals including those used for breeding.

"The Queensland Government is committed to empowering local governments to make decisions at the local level on issues that impact local communities and will not introduce schemes which may overlap or override council arrangements."

 

11.57AM: PET owners could soon be made to de-sex all cats and dogs over the age of six months.

Minister for Agriculture John McVeigh tabled a petition in Queensland Parliament this week calling for the compulsory de-sexing of cats and dogs.

The e-petition, signed by more than 1500 people, was launched by a Buderim animal rescue volunteer.

The new laws would not apply to registered breeders or rescue groups.

The RSPCA in Queensland euthanised 6618 dogs and 9566 cats in 2010 and 2011.


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