Meeting with Ben Gummer, British Conservative Party politician, and the Member of Parliament for Ipswich.
We discussed the concerns of the missing cats, which he has been following, and what we are doing to support and raise awareness. We also discussed the changes that need to be made for the welfare of cats, and giving cats better protection by law. Anti freeze poisoning is something we all feel needs to change, and Mr Gummer will be talking to the RSPCA and looking at implications of changing anti-freeze ingredients.
We discussed compulsory micro-chipping for cats, tougher internet regulations, dogs attacking cats, and much more.
The list is long, and will require strong voices to get behind it, one we hope being Lord Black who is proposing a new law to protect and promote cat welfare & regulate commercial breeding.
Ben plans to meet with him and discuss next steps.
In March Mr Gummer will attend the chipping event.
This is what he had to say :“ It was great meeting Leyla and Deni today. They are both deeply passionate about their cause- and rightly so. Cats are as much part of our families as dogs and yet the law treats them as inferior. I think this is unfair and I hope to work with Ipswich Missing Cats to get this changed.”
The main issues are below, and of course we cannot expect to have all this in one go, but we are working towards it, and hope you will support us.
Compulsory chipping of cats (legally required to do for dogs from 2016).
Compulsory government funded neutering/vaccine programmes
Tougher laws on dogs that kill cats
Tougher pet theft laws
Illegal to hit a cat with a car/bike and drive off.
Mega buck companies producing sweet anti freeze ~ replace by law with a bitter agent, well known fact this affects all wildlife, dogs and even children.
Pet pedlars tougher penalties for buying an animal to sell on for money or other.
Compulsory scanning for ownership on newly registered pets (Bruce Forsyth campaign)
License to breed.
Approved cat breeder certificate ~ includes pet shops licensed by local government
Cat owners over 18
Grant programmes for low incomes/pensioners
No selling of pets on sites for free ~ tougher internet regulations.
Cats sold on must be chipped and neutered, if the cat is too young a voucher must be issued.
Educating primary age school children to care of cats/animals.
Catteries needed to have regular checks like ‘Ofsted’ ~ regulations needs tightening.
Feral cats ~ change of law to be made illegal to shoot, how can they be classed as vermin when they keep the vermin population down. Neutering programmes needed and shelter care before re-homing.
Many feral cats could be re-homed on farms or rehabilitated.