Bruny Island Cat By-law

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The Bruny Island Cat By-law is set to be introduced in July 2019.

Its aim is to help:

  • encourage responsible cat ownership
  • manage stray cats
  • protect the health and welfare of pet cats

The By-law includes compulsory desexing and microchipping of domestic cats, keeping cat/s within an owner's property boundaries, a limit of two cats without a permit, and the prohibition on feeding stray cats.

Please tell us what you think of the By-law. You submit your feedback on this forum, email, or write to the General Manager at the Civic Centre, 15 Channel Hwy, Kingston 7050.

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1 month ago

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I have no problem with responsible cat ownership , managing strays or protecting the health and welfare of pet cats, however - the push for the strict control of cats on Bruny was originally explained as the need to rid the island of feral cats. Funding was granted (federally I understand) the project being a pet idea of a Federal politician who wanted to create 5 cat free iconic islands ,including Kangaroo Is. , Fraser Is., Bruny Is. ,and two others. We live in the North with two 16+ year old Burmese cats. They have been neutered and micro...

3 weeks ago

The By-law provides that an owner of a cat of more than six months of age must ensure that the cat is microchiped. This is consistent with the Cat Management Act.
I would suggest that this age be reduced to 3 months.
Reducing the microchip age to 3 months would :
1. Reduce the possibility of not being able to determine a cat found at large is at an age that requires a microchip.
2. Increase the chance that a young cat that strays will be reunited with its owner. This will particularly be the case with cats that may come to the island as a temporary or transient visitor (clause 7.2) as these ca...

1 week ago

I welcome compulsory desexing and microchipping of cats. As a person who has worked in cat welfare for many years I support any plan that reduces the indiscriminate breeding of cats. I am pleased to see the draft Bruny Island Cat By-law is taking steps for the benefit of cats and for the environment. However I do question when so many cats need to be housed that a limit of only 2 is being applied per household with a permit being possible to apply for more. I question what happens to an owner who is already housing 4 cats and a permit is not given due to a neighbour objecting? This could occur even...

1 month ago

The By-law sounds good as I understand it.

3 weeks ago

Part 3 of the By-law provides for permits.
The By-law prohibits "a person" to "keep or allow to be kept" more than two cats of more than six months of age on "any premises" without a permit (Clause 7.1).
Literally read this by-law would apply to any person who was aware that more than two cats were being kept without a permit at any place on the island.
There is no definition of "keep" or "allow to be kept" in the By-law.
The intent appears to be restrict the number of cats owned by the occupiers of a private property to two unless a permit is obtained.

3 weeks ago

Part 4 of the by-law requires an owner to register a cat that is over the age of six months.
I would suggest that this age be reduced to 3 months.
Reducing the registration age to 3 months would :
1. Reduce the possibility of not being able to determine if a cat found at large is at an age that requires registering.
2. Encourage breeders to register cats before sale.
4. Encourage new owners of young cats to register as soon as possible rather than waiting till the age limit applies.
If the registration and microchipping age are aligned to three months it will streamline the administration of re...

3 weeks ago

Clause 31 of the by-law prohibits a person from feeding or encouraging the presence of a stray or feral cat.
It is assumed that this by-law is designed to prohibit a person from feeding cats that have no defined owner. There are clearly significant ethical implications of leaving an animal hungry (particularly a stray) and the potential that such an animal may turn to alternate sources of food such as native animals.

Many stray cats are timid and will only allow a person to interact directly with them after a relationship has been established (generally through feeding and providing safe shelter...

3 weeks ago

The proposed By-Law concerning "Complaints relating to nuisance", 26(2),(b) seems to state that a complaint to the General Manager concerning a cat being a nuisance must "be accompanied by any appropriate fee".
Am I reading this wrong or does this imply that if my neighbour's cat is coming into my garden and digging holes, I must PAY to submit a complaint?
I would appreciate some clarification about this.

3 weeks ago

I would like to see a 'Lifetime', one off registration fee for all companion animals. This has been introduced in some other states and Councils. For many, the cost of registration can be a yearly burden and may be dropped entirely. I feel this would encourage more owners to register their animals. There would also be less criticism of the Council just engaging in 'revenue raising', although perhaps this is exactly the idea?
I would also suggest a much reduced registration fee for animals purchased from a recognised pound or eligible shelter to encourage more potential owners to choo...

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