Chief Minister Stanhope has put out an ominous media release for cat owners which seems to be foreshadowing even tougher restrictions for Canberra’s moggies.
The ACT Government will soon commence a survey of around 1,200 residents to gather community attitudes on responsible cat ownership, Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Jon Stanhope, said today.
“The survey aims to gather information on about cat registration and microchipping, control of feral and stray cats, containment of domestic cats and wildlife and bushland conservation,” Mr Stanhope said.
“Three groups of residents will be surveyed – non-cat owners, cat-owners and residents of cat containment suburbs such as Forde and Bonner. The results will help us develop and implement policies related to domestic and stray cats.”
The random phone survey will be undertaken during May. The questions have been developed in collaboration with partner organisations including the Australian National University, the RSPCA and the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), which is also providing the survey funding.
One hopes this is not going to be payback for Hargreaves’ cat getting our fireworks banned.