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Cat-free zones

Some governments and councils want to ban cats in environmentally sensitive areas. However, to achieve a cat-free zone would require a cat-proof fence to be built. Nature abhors a vacuum, so if there are vacant territories, cats will move in anyway. Then endless trapping and killing will ensue, as these unowned cats breed. Wouldn't it be better to have a minimum number of managed, desexed cats to defend these territories?

In conclusion, governments should not introduce restrictive legislation, imagining that it will solve cat-related problems. It won't. Neither should governments impose specific cat management strategies on local councils. This approach locks councils into a course of action which is costly, difficult to police, unpopular with a substantial proportion of rate payers, and a nightmare to administer.

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It is far better to allow councils to decide on the method of cat management most suited to their area. Some councils have already supported the education/low cost desexing approach advocated by C.A.T.S., and have achieved results that are both cost effective and popular with residents. These councils include Unley, Norwood, Payneham and St Peters, Burnside, Port Adelaide Enfield, Holdfast Bay and Salisbury. See Humane cat management