Vets support call to desex all moggies

A DRAFT report compiled for the NSW government has called for compulsory desexing of all cats, attracting applause from Tamworth vets and pet rescuers.
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The Natural Resources Commission report, Shared Problem Shared Solutions, was in response to a request from Premier Mike Baird to undertake an independent, statewide review of pest animal management in NSW.

The report estimated pest animals were causing at least $170 million in economic damage each year and affected 40 per cent of all listed threatened species, with some recommendations likely to create some controversy.

They include a call for feral deer to be declared pests, aerial shooting of wild horses to be reintroduced, and for cat owners to be required to have their pets desexed.

Commissioner John Keniry said it was imperative feral deer and cats had the same pest declaration as wild pigs and dogs.

Dr Keniry has called for cats to be desexed by four months old and owners of all sexually entire animals to register as cat breeders every year.

Tamworth vet nurse, pet rescuer and rehomer Rebecca Miller described this proposal as music to her ears.

“One, I think it’s a good idea for our wildlife, and two, it’s a good idea for the cats themselves, because they’re out there doing what comes naturally to them – it’s how they survive,” she said.

“It’s because of us, human beings – we are the ones at fault and we are the ones releasing these animals, because people get them and will not be responsible for them.

“Getting them desexed early has to be one of the main priorities of having that animal.

“I’m hoping it will also cut down on backyard breeding and cat farms.”

She said breeders should also be limited to three or four queens and maybe two males and shouldn’t be allowed to have more than one litter a year.

Ms Miller said, while she thought it was a great initiative, she was concerned about how it would be policed.

She also said the same should be looked at for dogs and other domestic animals that get into wild areas, including rabbits.

The commission will hold a public meeting on the report in Tamworth on April 29 at 10.30am, with the venue yet to be announced.

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