Ballina Council backs neutering

Ballina Shire Council has backed the compulsory desexing of cats in a bid to strengthen statewide laws for the mandatory desexing of all companion animals not registered for breeding.

Cr Alan Rich succeeded in his move at last weeks Council meeting for Council to advise CatRescue that it supported compulsory cat desexing but one councillor objected.

Its totally inhumane to subject poor little pussies to have their goolies chopped off so theyll sing like a soprano all the time, Cr Margaret Howes said.

How would every male in this room like to be desexed? she asked.

CatRescue recently wrote a letter to all councils in NSW asking for support as it gears up to lobby the Department of Local Government to amend the Companion Animals Act to include compulsory desexing of cats and dogs.

The organisation has argued that compulsory desexing would save councils money by not having to manage, detain and put down thousands of unwanted animals each year.

During debate on the issue last year, councillors favouring compulsory desexing said wildlife in Ballina Shire was being decimated by a plague of feral cats but at that time they narrowly failed to get Council backing for CatRescues mission.

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