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Speaking up for cats - Our 2022 agenda

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On Thursday 8 June, we'll elect a new Government and a new parliament that will be in place until the next General Election, likely to be in 2022.

We are calling on every candidate in this election, from every party (and independents) to commit to making a real difference for cats over the next five years by supporting our 2022 Agenda for Cats.

24% of homes in the UK have a cat, with an estimated population of 11 million pet cats.

Cats Protection is the UK's leading feline welfare charity and we speak up for cats.

Download our 2022 Agenda for Cats


Our 2022 Agenda for Cats, in brief

License air guns and crossbows in England and Wales to reduce misuse against cats

We want air gun licensing to be introduced in England and Wales, as it is already in Northern Ireland and Scotland, to prevent injury to or death of cats shot by such weapons.

Raise awareness of the benefits of microchipping of cats and make it compulsory

We want microchipping of owned cats to be compulsory across the UK to aid the reunification of cats that are lost or injured with their owners.

Regulate commercial cat breeding

We want regulation where cats are bred commercially to ensure that all cats are bred with good welfare standards.

Encourage registered housing providers and care homes to have responsible pet policies that allow cats

We want all housing providers to have responsible pet policies to enable individuals to own and keep pets, including cats, and to reduce the separation of pets from their owners when they move.

Strengthen border checks and improve data records where cats enter the UK

We want enhanced border checks for every cat entering the UK so that their details are recorded on a national database to aid traceability of cats coming into the UK.

Prevent dog attacks on cats

We want to see widespread community policing initiatives, such as the Local Environmental Awareness of Dogs (L.E.A.D) initiative run by the Metropolitan Police, as well as enhanced legislation to prevent dog attacks on cats.

Include cat welfare in the curriculum

We want animal welfare education to be included in the National Curriculum to help children learn about responsible pet care.

Promote the benefits of cats to personal wellbeing

We want the benefits of cats and other companion animals to be routinely taken into consideration by health and welfare professionals when they are assessing an individual’s care needs to aid the emotional wellbeing of those needing care.

Improve labelling of products toxic to cats

We want clear labelling of flowers, plants and household products that are toxic to cats so cat owners know which to avoid. We would also like to see the widespread availability of an affordable, non-toxic alternative to antifreeze to avoid cats being killed by this poisonous product.

Introduce a ban on snares

We want snares to be banned to prevent inhumane and cruel suffering, injury to or death of animals, which includes cats.

How you can help

• Print off our 2022 Agenda for Cats and discuss it with your election candidates when they come canvassing

•  Email your election candidates seeking their views and support. You can find your candidates by entering your home postcode here, or by writing to all candidates

• Sign and share our petition calling for licensing of air guns in England and Wales, one of our agenda priorities

How can candidates help?

If you are a candidate standing for election to Westminster and want to contact us with your views on our Agenda for 2022, please contact our Advocacy and Government Relations Team on advocacy@cats.org.uk