Manifesto for Cats

Manifesto for CatsSpeaking up for cats: Cats Protections Westminster Agenda

In 2015, Cats Protection launched their Manifesto for Cats at Westminster calling on the Government to put in place measures to protect cats from harm, abandonment and neglect. The manifesto details 10 priorities designed to benefit cats, their owners and society. The 10 manifesto priorities include:
  1. Cats and air guns: we want air gun licensing to be introduced in England and Wales, as it already is in Northern Ireland and Scotland, to prevent cats being fatally shot or injured
  2. Microchipping of owned cats: we want this to be compulsory across the UK to aid the reunification of cats that are lost or injured with their owners. We also want to collaborate with others to promote greater awareness of the benefits of microchipping cats
  3. Breeding of cats for sale: we want regulation where cats are bred commercially to ensure that all cats are bred with good welfare standards
  4. Cats and housing providers: we want all housing providers to have responsible and reasonable pet policies to enable individuals to own and keep cats, and to reduce the separation of cats from their owners when they move
  5. Cats entering the UK: we want to see enhanced border checks, the creation of a national database to aid traceability of cats and the reintroduction of tick and tapeworm treatment for cats entering the UK
  6. Dog attacks on cats: we want strengthened legislation to prevent dog attacks on cats. We also support community policing initiatives, such as Local Environmental Awareness of Dogs (LEAD) run by the Metropolitan Police
  7. Cats and the curriculum: we want animal welfare education to be included in the national curriculum to help children learn about responsible pet care
  8. Cats and personal wellbeing: we want the benefits of cats 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
  9. 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 like to see the widespread availability of an affordable, non-toxic alternative to antifreeze to avoid cats being poisoned
  10. Cats and snares: we want snares to be banned to prevent inhumane and cruel suffering, injury to or death of animals, which includes cats

To read the full Cats Protection manifesto follow the link.
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