Saturday, January 17, 2015

What can our politicians do to help companion animals?

I wonder what's on Missy's manifesto?

Imagine you had the ears of a group of a group of politicians who all have a professed interest in animal welfare. What would you ask them to do to improve the lot of companion animals?

Charity Cats Protection is launching a ten-point “cat manifesto” at the House of Commons ahead of the May election, with the animal welfare minister and shadow minister and over 30 cat-owning MPs to attend.

So what does Cats Protection want? Among other things, compulsory microchipping of owned cats; a national database of cats entering the UK legally to better enable identification illegal entries who may not be protected against rabies, updating the Dangerous Dogs act to allow prosecution of owners whose dogs attack cats, inclusion of animal welfare in the National Curriculum and clear labelling of plants and household products that are toxic to cats.

All very sensible.  I’d love to see animal welfare and companion animal husbandry taught in schools, formal and systematic collaboration between human health teams, veterinary teams and environmental scientists around zoonotic diseases and greater allowances for people going into aged-care or hospital to be able to remain with their pets. That's just a start.

If you had an audience with politicians, what would be on your animal manifesto? How do you think we can do better for our companion animals?

This weekend I'm working very hard to meet a deadline, but I am fostering a little patient. Can't say too much at the moment but he or she is enjoying the sunshine in a big way!


  1. So many things would be good including : having to obtain a licence to own a pet - including studying and passing a test so you know what is involved. A fee involved could raise money for cheap desexing programs, more staff and resources for no kill council shelters and the like. Also, no puppy farms or sales in pet shops. More funding so a charity (RSPCA) is not the primary law enforcer of animal cruelty offences - it should be fully funded by the government. More available emergency housing for domestic violence victims etc who need to leave in a hurry with their pets. An animal cruelty register to enable people who have been convicted of animal cruelty offences to be restricted of certain activities (like owning a pet).

  2. Easy one for me, a phasing out of greyhound and horse racing over the next ten years. Ugly ugly industries that over produce, and kill many dogs and horses for entertainment. As a society we are so much better than this.


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