Cats go feral over rego
CAT dumpings and attacks on native wildlife have increased as a result of mandatory cat registration, say local pet shop owners.
Bundamba Better Buy Pets manager Andrew Donaldson said the number of cats being sold on the black market had risen sharply since Ipswich City Council made cat registration mandatory for a fee of $20.
“There will be a lot more cats being dumped because of the council's decision,” Mr Donaldson said.
“And because there's more feral cats there will be more attacks on native wildlife.”
Mr Donaldson said he had not sold many cats since the laws were introduced on July 1.
“We have stopped selling cats because, since registrations were forced, there has been a big slump in interest,” he said.
Introductory registration fees for cats are $20 or $12.50 for pensioners.
People can also be faced with a $200 on-the-spot fine for keeping an unregistered cat or dog and a maximum penalty of $2000.
Local councillor Andrew Antoniolli said the registration act would only start to bring results in three to five years.
“This is not aimed for a short-term fix,” Cr Antoniolli said.
“Will there be a spike in dumpings in the next 12 months? That's hard to say but we are monitoring it.”
North Ipswich Pet Shop owner Jason Bazeley said there were still many people who refused to co-operate with the Ipswich City Council's decision.
“A lot of our customers are upset about it,” Mr Bazeley said.
“I've had a lot of people complaining, especially older customers, who have older cats that have been inside the house their entire life and don't go wandering at night.
“They think 'why should I have to pay for my well-behaved cat to be micro-chipped?'”