Under the Road Traffic Act 1988, section 170, it is a legal requirement to report any road accident which causes damage to any animal which is not on or in the vehicle involved. The definition of 'animal' however does not include cats. Currently only dogs, horses, sheep, cattle, pigs, goats, ass and mules are included.
This Act should be amended to include cats.
This will ensure that cats hit on the road can be dealt with appropriately and perhaps in some cases, prevent fatalities. Cats are regarded by owners as members of their family and should be accorded similar rights to dogs with regard to road traffic accidents.
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