Keep cats safe and save wild lives. Amend the Animals Act 1971 and end feline free roaming

Keep cats safe and save wild lives. Amend the Animals Act 1971 and end feline free roaming

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Maggie Wilcox started this petition to UK Government

Every life is precious, whether it is wild or domesticated. Every time a cat wanders outside her/his home there is the potential for a threat to life. Many hazards exist for free roaming cats and they also pose a serious risk to wildlife.

I have seen so many dead cats on our roads.  I've had the heartbreaking task of telling someone her cat had been hit and killed by a car. I've tried and failed countless times to save birds, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians after a cat attack. Those I've managed to catch, succumbed to their injuries at my local rescue. 

We say we are a nation of animal lovers yet we allow our beloved pets to be exposed every day to danger. We allow our cats to hunt without making any effort to curtail their predatory behaviour. We fail to consider the options for keeping cats safe and contented. We feed wildlife in our gardens while at the same time exposing them to predation by our pets.

The law relating to trespass by domestic animals, Animals Act of 1971, doesn't apply to cats and gives them the right to roam. Cat owners do have a Duty of Care to take reasonable steps to ensure their felines do not cause damage to someone's property or cause injury to anyone.

Many argue that not allowing a cat to free roam does not meet pet welfare needs but have a look at this passage from the PSDA website which is applicable to all pets:

'Health – Protection from pain, injury, suffering and disease and treated if they become ill or injured.

Behaviour – the ability to behave naturally for their species eg. Play, run, dig, jump, fly etc.

Companionship – to be housed with, or apart from, other animals as appropriate for the species. i.e. company of their own kind for sociable species like rabbits or guinea pigs, or to be housed alone for solitary species like hamsters.

Diet – a suitable diet. This can include feeding appropriately for the pet’s life stage and feeding a suitable amount to prevent obesity or malnourishment, as well as access to fresh clean water.

Environment – a suitable environment. This should include the right type of home with a comfortable place to rest and hide as well as space to exercise and explore.'

Source: PDSA

I believe these 5 Welfare Needs can be met without allowing your pet to wander. If your cat free roams, you're exposing him to disease and the potential for injuries from road traffic accidents, attacks from predators or other cats, as well as human interference. You also have no idea what she is eating or drinking.

You can create a suitable environment within or outside your home by enclosing your garden, building a catio, leash training your cat, providing stimulation via toys to simulate hunting behaviour, interactive play and cat furniture to name just a few options. More ideas and resources available here

Please think about your cat's welfare and how you can make changes to protect wildlife.

Keep cats safe and save wild lives. Amend the Animals Act 1971 and end feline free roaming

 

 

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