Difficult new rules, including & # 39; cat clock & # 39; these should be introduced to prevent cats from growing up in the dark and setting limits on the number of pets that people can own
- The Mandurah Council in WA is trying to prevent cats from hunting animals in the wild
- Cat owners can be fined if their pets are considered a nuisance
- WA proposes a cat clock where cats can no longer be admitted after dark
A council has been established to introduce radical new laws that would mean a curfew for all domestic cats.
The city of Mandurah in Western Australia will vote on the new rules in an effort to prevent cats from hunting local wildlife.
If adopted, the rules will mean that pet owners cannot have more than two cats and can incur fines of up to $ 5,000 if their cats are considered a danger.
Western Australia has considered a cat clock throughout the state, which means that cats are not allowed in the dark, in the hope that the local fauna will be protected.
Mandurah City Council will vote on new cat laws, meaning that cat owners must request permission to own more than one cat and can incur fines of up to $ 5,000 if their cat is considered a nuisance (file image)
Rangers from the Mandurah City Council are currently ensuring that all cats are registered with the municipality and are chipped.
"Because of our biodiversity and the importance of our environment, we must play a leading role in these areas," Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams said. Channel 7.
Under the proposed policy, residents of Mandurah will have to ask permission from the municipality if they want to own more than two cats.
Cats are forbidden to enter certain areas, such as nature reserves, and owners of cats that are considered annoying receive fines of $ 200 to $ 5,000.
& # 39; We have worked with our cat lovers, with our local environmental groups, people from all over the world come together and focus on how we can address these issues in a reasonable and practical way, & # 39; said Mayor Williams.
Western Australia has considered a state-wide cat clock that will prevent cats from hunting lizards, birds and mammals overnight (file image)
Some residents believed that the new laws could be useful for cats, because it is just as dangerous for them at night as it is for other wildlife.
& # 39; Being outside is very dangerous for them, so I think it's a good idea, & # 39; said a local resident.
Professor Sarah Legge of the Australian National University told Daily Mail Australia on Monday that domestic cats kill an average of 75 animals in the wild every year.
Their biggest goals are birds, lizards, and small mammals, as Professor Legge said that only a third of cats were kept indoors at all times.
She said some owners put clocks on their pet's collars or brightly colored bandanas to scare off prey, but the effects are limited.
The new cat laws may possibly be passed later in the year.
Mandurah Council in Western Australia (photo) hopes that the new laws will protect local wildlife, as 75 animals are killed by domestic cats every year
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