Mandatory cat rego to be thrown out with the kitty litter?

Toowoomba Regional Council will today consider scrapping  mandatory cat registration.
Toowoomba Regional Council will today consider scrapping mandatory cat registration.

TOOWOOMBA Regional Council will make a decision on whether to scrap compulsory registration of cats tomorrow.

The RSPCA has been overrun by abandoned pets, responding to 22,930 animal rescue-related calls state-wide in the 2012-13 financial year - a 33 per cent increase on the previous year.

The organisation's Toowoomba shelter provided a temporary home to 3500 cats and dogs during the same period.

RSPCA spokesman Michael Beattie said that, despite the influx of unwanted pets, mandatory cat registration had proven to be a failed experiment.

"We would support any move to make desexing cats and dogs compulsory," he said.

Toowoomba Regional Council is likely to follow the lead of Brisbane, where Mayor Graham Quirk's team voted last week to ditch mandatory cat registration.

Should cat registration be compulsory?

This poll ended on 07 November 2013.

Current Results

Yes

46%

No

53%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

A study of the scheme showed that $1.8 million of funding had only resulted in about 16,000 of the city's 111,000 domestic cats being registered.

What you told us on Facebook

As a foster carer who has had 30 animals since 21 May this year, 22 of them puppies, it is out of control already. All domestic animals should be desexed before they go to new owners - JKuhn, Harristown

I wonder exactly how much revenue is generated by pet registrations? No wonder the State Gov are not keen to scrap it. It is nothing more than another blatant grab for cash anyway - Davros20, Toowoomba City

Feral cats are devastating Australian fauna and need to be controlled, a domestic cat is only one meal away from this, and I support the desexing of all pets that are not being kept for breeding purposes - Tom Stoner

This should SO be law!! De-sexing and micro-chipping are part of being a responsible pet owner. If you can't afford it, you shouldn't have the pet! The ONLY places you should ever buy a dog or cat, are from registered breeders or registered rescue organisations - Tania de Bruin

You should have to pay for a licence to keep them and then only in approved cages/secure yards and any found roaming the street should be euthanised at the owners cost and them being fined also! - Chimerapro Nathan

Have a look on petrescue.com.au... at the moment there are 3639 dogs and 3254 cats who are unwanted and looking for new homes... This does not include the amount not listed, in pounds, put to sleep (around 250,000 cats each year in QLD alone) etc. It is truly heartbreaking... something needs to be done to reduce these numbers - Kristy Graham



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