Currently in NSW, there are virtually no laws to control the movements of domestic cats around neighbourhoods.
We have been advising people for years to be responsible pet owners and confine their cats, however, it would seem that we can preach till we are blue in the face and still get ignored.
We need some actual legislation to be made so we can at least start the battle of cat control in the community and rural areas.
It is a sad fact that until we have some laws in existence it is almost impossible to start to make people do the right thing.
Wandering domestic and feral cats can cause huge environmental damage, extensive livestock losses through disease and carcase rejections, post significant human health risk, cause neighbourhood disturbances and the cats themselves often have reduced life expectancy due to car accidents, dog attack, etc.
Our aim is to get government to legislate for more cat control, to confine cats to their owner’s properties, similar to dog ownership.
We are in no way advocating any harm towards cats only more control and to change the mentality that cats are disposable items with no responsibility attached.
As a start we are running a poll to gauge whether people would support more cat control.
We are asking people to go to “Lynne Bodell Vet Clinic” Facebook page and vote in the poll.
They are also welcome to leave a comment.
This is not a quick fix, but we need to start somewhere.
At the moment, without any legislation, we cannot start to implement change.
Lynne Bodell, veterinary surgeon, Wagga
Let’s give people a go
Regarding the show “Employable Me” on ABC television.
I encourage your readers to review this excellent ABC documentary which highlights the challenges faced by nine young adults with disabilities including Tourette’s and autism.
The documentary highlights how their specific skills can benefit the community, especially the individuals and their families.
I challenge state and federal governments to conduct a trial within an electoral office to see if young adults could be employed in local electoral offices.
My son who is on the autism spectrum is employed at the Coolamon Cheese factory where he has gained work skills and people skills.
Bill Thompson, Coolamon
Royal wedding provides solace from ‘depressing news’
Thank goodness for the royal wedding.
What a delightful relief from all the depressing news from Trump land, and bombings and tragedies everywhere.
The soap opera of the aptly named Markles.
The beautiful fairy princess bride, and handsome rakish groom, the silly souvenirs, the English with all their eccentricities on show.
The flags, the horses, the polished brass, the red coats.
The wedding hats no other nation can compete with, the colours, the spring rains and the vivid green of England.
Such fun. Bliss.