Manifesto set up for one of our nation’s favourite pets

Roger Salmon.
Roger Salmon.

Cats protection is the leading feline welfare charity which is focused on controlling cat populations through neutering, reducing the number of strays and unwanted cats, re-homing cats and providing education and information about cat welfare.

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

Almost one in four households has at least one cat (an estimated 10.5 million cats).

Almost one in four households has at least one cat (an estimated 10.5 million cats).

They have recently launched a Manifesto for Cats which includes:

nUpdating the law to control the breeding and sale of cats.

nMaking it compulsory to microchip owned cats

nMuch stricter regulation on the ownership of air guns and crossbows to prevent injury or death to cats shot by such weapons.

nUpdating the Dangerous Dogs Act to allow prosecution of dog owners whose dogs attack, injure or kill cats.

nInclusion of animal welfare in the National Curriculum so all children learn about responsible pet care.

nGovernment recognition of the needs of people with cats or other companion animals in rented housing and care homes to allow people to keep their pets.

nClear labelling of flowers, plants and household products that are toxic to cats so that cat owners know which to avoid.

nAn outright ban on the use of snares on the basis they are inhumane and cruel and inflict suffering, injury or death on animals caught in them.

nCreation of a national database to ensure that a central record is kept of all cats entering the UK legally without a rabies vaccine so that they can be identified without delay.

The Manifesto for Cats was unveiled at a parliamentary reception for invited MPs and guests which was hosted by Neil Parish MP and were joined by the Minister for Animal Welfare Lord de Mauley.

To help you can write to your MP urging them to support the manifesto or for further guidance and advice either e mail advocacy@cats.org.uk or write to The Advocacy Manager, Cats Protection, Haywards Heath, Sussex RH17 7TT.