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After land clearing, unrestrained pets are one of wildlife’s biggest threats. The Queensland Government is asking the

Each unrestrained pet cat kills an average of 32 wild animals a year.

Each unrestrained pet cat kills an average of 32 wild animals a year.

community for its views on using mandatory and voluntary measures including registration, identification and de-sexing to control the number of domestic pets that are vulnerable to neglect and abandonment.

If you are concerned about the welfare of Queensland’s wildlife, then respond to this survey.

Dog and cat management issues

  • Unrestrained domestic cats and dogs are one of the biggest threats to our wildlife, especially in urban areas.
  • In four days in June 2007, Bat Rescue Brisbane rescued six flying foxes that had been attacked by dogs. All bats had to be put down.
  • Vets and wildlife carers responding to a survey by Wildlife Queensland’s Glider Network in 2007 recorded that domestic animal attacks were responsible for 30% of all gliders needing care by that group – the biggest single cause– and fewer than 13% of those gliders attacked survived to be released to the wild.
  • Redland Shire Council says that dogs are one of the main causes of koala death in the Redland Shire.
  • Each Australian pet cat, if allowed to wander, has been estimated by some sources to kill an average of 16 mammals, 8 birds and 8 reptiles per year.
  • The diet of Australia’s unrestrained cats has been recorded as including 186 bird species, 64 mammals, 86 reptiles 10 amphibians/invertebrates – that’s 347 different native wildlife species.

Wildlife Queensland says……

While not ignoring that loss of habitat through human activity is the biggest threat to Queensland’s native wildlife, Wildlife Queensland supports the proposed better management of domestic pets in line with our core principle: Preserve the flora and fauna of Australia by all lawful means.

Wildlife Queensland supports the policy of the Victorian Government as a minimum standard: compulsory tagging and identification; registration of cats; animals sold commercially to be microchipped; compulsory desexing (with an exemption for commercial breeders).

WPSQ has made a submission on this issue to the relevant department.

Have your say for wildlife

‘Cats in particular can wreak devastation on wildlife and the booming number of unwanted cats must be addressed,’ Local Government and Planning Minister Tim Mulherin.

The discussion paper and a feedback form are sponsored by the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, and the Department of Local Government, Planning and Sport. Use the points above to help inform your response.

Deadline for submissions: Friday 3 August 2007

Availability: The paper and the form are accessible online

For more information on Wildlife Queensland’s activities, contact us by email or call +61 7 3221 0194.

Wildlife Queensland – July 2007

Written by Wildlifeqld