Sunday, May 22, 2005

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Bid to end cat crisis
Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia
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All of Victoria's animal welfare shelters have united to form a Cat Crisis Coalition.
Members are unanimous that the State Government needs to make desexing compulsory for all cat and kittens sold in the state.
"With 48,000 cats passing through Victoria's animal welfare shelters and a staggering 32,000 of them destroyed every year, the need for action is long overdue and urgent," coalition spokesman Peter Brown said. "Having the state sanction the destruction of 32,000 cats annually is not good policy. The Bracks Government has abrogated its responsibility to animal shelters and the animals themselves to allow such stark numbers to die.
While cats must be desexed before release from a shelter, pet shop and private sales of entire animals continue.
The coalition wants every cat sold or privately acquired to be desexed at 12 weeks.
"You would expect the problem and numbers of cats destroyed in Victoria each week to be virtually eliminated," Mr Brown said.
The coalition sanctioning the action includes the RSPCA, the Cat Protection Society of Victoria, the Lost Dogs' Home and Western Cat Shelter, Lort Smith, the Victorian Animal Aid Trust, Blue Cross, and others.
Victorians can back the coalition by writing to Agriculture Minister Bob Cameron or by signing petitions.

Stray cats running wild in city hospital
The Freeman, Philippines
Stray cats coming from the houses of the squatters living behind the Cebu City Medical Center have started to become a problem for the workers and the patients ...