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To: The Australian Government Departments responsible for the legislation and management of animal welfare in their State or Territory.
Compulsory de-sexing of cats and dogs not owned by members of an approved breed club or association.
Introduce nationwide legislation requiring local councils, in all states and territories of Australia, to enforce compulsory spaying and neutering of all pet dogs and cats not owned and registered by members of an approved association or breed club as recognised by the relevant canine or feline councils of Australia.
Why is this important?
There is no question that the overpopulation of cats and dogs in our society's pounds and shelters has become a huge problem. Thousands of cats and dogs end up in pounds and shelters across the country each year. Some are adopted and some are saved by rescue groups and fostered until homes can be found. But the sad fact remains that there are many who don't escape 'death row' and are euthanized simply because homes cannot be found and rescue groups are at full capacity. Supply does not equal demand. The compulsory spaying and neutering of all cats by the age of three months and dogs by the age of six months, that are not owned and registered by members of an approved breed club or association as recognised by the relevant canine or feline councils of Australia, would significantly reduce the numbers of animals ending up in pounds and shelters and being euthanized each year. It will also help to decrease the feral cat population that endanger the lives of our native birds and wildlife. Local councils should require evidence of cat or dog sterilisation when accepting new pet registrations and they should also provide either full or part rebates off de-sexing costs for low income earners in order for them to comply. All pounds, shelters and rescue groups should be required not to release cats or dogs for adoption or foster unless spayed or neutered or an agreement is in place for the adoptee or fosteree to spay or neuter and provide evidence of this to their local council within a specified timeframe.
How it will be delivered
This petition will be delivered to each Government Department responsible for animal welfare in their State or Territory of Australia. They are:
ACT - Territory & Municipal Services
NSW - NSW Dept. of Primary Industries
NT - Dept. of Local Government
QLD - Dept. of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry
SA - Dept. of Environment Water & Natural Resources
TAS - Dept. of Primary Industries, Water & Environment
VIC - Dept. of Primary Industries
WA - Dept. of Agriculture & Food