Speaking up for cats - Our Westminster agenda


As one of the nation's favourite pets, cats have always held a special place in the home.

From young families to pensioners 25% of the population has at least one cat (that’s an estimated 11.1 million cats*). Cat owners benefit from the unique love and companionship cats bring.

In 2015, we launched our Manifesto for Cats at Westminster calling on the new Government to put in place measures to protect cats from abandonment, harm and neglect. After a three-month public consultation 93% of participants agreed with all of our 10 suggested manifesto priorities which are designed to benefit cats, owners and society as a whole.

Our Manifesto priorities include calls for tighter regulation of the licensing of air guns and banning the use of snares – both of which cause unimaginable pain and suffering, through injury and death, to cats on a daily basis. We're also calling for a review of the law governing the breeding and sale of kittens to drive out unscrupulous breeders and prevent the sale of kittens that are sick, diseased and under eight weeks of age.

In 2016, ahead of the devolved, elections we launched our Manifesto for Cats for each of the devolved regions, ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland.

It's important that we keep cat welfare on the political agenda.

What can I do? 

  • Watch and share our Youtube video of volunteers "Speaking up for cats"
  • Read a summary of our Manifesto for Cats or read the full manifesto
  • Follow @CPadvocacy on Twitter
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Together we can help create a better world for cats.
Thank you for your help.

*PDSA Animal Wellbeing Report (PAW) 2015