Missing cats


Earlier this month the Government debated the need for pets that are killed on the road to be routinely scanned. The Minister for Transport, John Hayes MP, has asked the Highways Agency to ensure that it collects and identifies every animal that is killed on its network of roads (motorways and major trunk roads in England) and to contact the owners wherever practicable.

This process will be mandatory and will start as soon as Highway Authorities receive the letter.

The Minister also intends to write to all local highways authorities and to Transport for London to invite them to reflect on their own local policy. They cover the more minor roads.

Although we may not see any immediate change in Local Authority practice we hope the Minister’s approach will encourage some reluctant authorities to consider scanning and it might also helpfully persuade more cat owners to microchip their cats if they think road victims will get scanned.