Comment 120500

By Tybalt (registered) | Posted December 02, 2016 at 10:56:26

I don't want to derail the conversation but you asked: "to be productive, a Council discussion about a proposed cat licence should be framed in the same way: does a cat licence help the City reduce a significant danger to public health and safety?"

The answer is yes, if the system is properly implemented: cat licensing to be effective is part of a wider cat control strategy aimed (properly) at eliminating a highly dangerous exotic and invasive species. Aside from the disease vector they present (which is really not that large) feral cats are massively destructive of our natural wildlife and a serious danger to a healthy ecosystem. If we take our natural environment and biodiversity seriously at all, cat control is critical because they are an existential danger to many local species.

Of course, it looks like the aim is to adopt an ineffective trap/neuter/release strategy married to the licensing, which won't have enough of the desired effect. But married to a strategy to actually reduce (rather than control) invasive feral populations, it has a significant impact on public health and safety.

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