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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 chipped before coming to Bruny. We have been here 16+ years and have seen one feral cat during that time. So the focus of funding being to eradicate feral cats from the. North seems slightly misplaced. Surely the use of funding to make some start on reducing feral cats where people say they are often seen - in the Southern areas, would make more sense. Now we have the whole situation skewed into a new by law to focus on pet cats!
Our cats are old, cherished, companion animals. They spend most of their days sleeping and are locked in at night. We still feel under pressure from other residents in the South who seem to have an almost hysterical attitude towards pet/ companion cats. They tolerate wandering dogs ( reported almost week.y on Bruny Notices) but cannot understand people who love cats!
Cats are small, quiet, and affectionate animals. They do not attack people like some dogs, they are safer with the elderly and with children. Trapping and poisoning them , by accident, to try to eradicate non existent ferals in the North is an over reaction.