Friday, June 2, 2017

Have your say on cat management in Australia

How should cats in Australia be managed?

What’s the best way to manage cats in Australia? Should feral cats be declared a pest species across every Australian State and Territory? Should there be a limit on the number of cats per household? 

RSPCA Australia has released its draft discussion paper, Identifying Best Practice Cat Management in Australia, to gather feedback from interested parties including the public.

The paper was developed in consultation with the Office of Threatened Species Commissioner and with the support of the Australian Government National Landcare Program.

After public consultation the paper will be finalised. RSPCA Australia hopes that this discussion paper “will help shape more effective, consistent and evidence-based strategies for cat management in Australia”.

You can comment on any aspect of the draft discussion paper – especially its 22 recommendations. RSPCA Australia has added that additional information on the evaluation of domestic cat care initiatives, research findings or perceived barriers and challenges to achieving effective and sustainable cat management.

You can submit feedback via an online form, or provide more in-depth comments, but you must make submissions by Thursday, July 27, 2017.

If you care about cats, this is an opportunity to have your say.
Read more about the submission process here.
Download the discussion paper (90 pages) here.
Provide online submissions here or email science [at]

Are you going to the Australian Veterinary Association conference in June? Take part in Australia's Biggest Mental Health Check In - AVA members can obtain the coupon code from the Wellness Stand and take part in the check in.