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Stop this barbaric treatment of vulnerable cats and kittens!

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Stop this barbaric mistreatment of vulnerable cats and kittens

Please please please sign this petition to stop this abuse!


Your cat’s microchip means that they’ll be safe if they become lost, right? Not in Brisbane City Council.

Brisbane City Council is killing cats. Any cat. Owned cats. Unowned cats. Lost cats. It has decided that any cat on the street who doesn’t act friendly when poked with a steel rod is ‘feral’. It even gives the ‘feral’ label to tiny, helpless kittens – babies who are just hours old – solely because they’ve labelled their Mum ‘feral’. In Brisbane City Council, any cat who finds themselves on the streets can, and is, being trapped and often killed.

Why? Because Brisbane City Council doesn’t hold trapped cats in a shelter for eight days, or even three days. The morning after being trapped, traps are shaken and cats poked with a steel rod to assess their personality. If they react – hiss, spit, growl etc, as most cats do when frightened – they’re deemed to be ‘feral’. Being lost, or being timid, shouldn’t be a crime punishable by death, yet in Brisbane City Council, it is.

Microchips aren’t always detected when cats are in a trap or crush cage. So any timid cat – owned or unowned - can be killed immediately. The council is even using barbaric foot hold traps to catch cats.

Brisbane City Council is refusing to allow rescue groups to remove unowned cats – not even tiny kittens – from the streets, get them desexed and responsibly rehome them in accordance with legislation. People who have offered to, for no charge, humanely trap cats in the Brisbane suburb of Coopers Plains have been threatened with fines of up to $378,450 or three years in jail.

Tonight we are urging you,  to sign this petition to councillors and the CEO to let them know that you want more appropriate methods for managing trapped cats.

Ask that they:
• Transfer all stray and lost cats to Animal Welfare League Queensland for care and assessment.
• Cease using foothold traps altogether.
• Ask that they support and fund shelters and rescue organisations in humanely trapping, desexing and rehoming unowned cats.
• Support a pilot trap-neuter-return program in areas with high stray cat numbers.

If Brisbane City Council gets away with this, other councils and states throughout Australia could adopt it as ‘the new normal’. We can’t let that happen – to cats, or to the people who care about them. Thank you for being a voice for the animals.



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