New animal laws in Western Australia could see cats banned from leaving the house and dogs seized for being too noisy. Officials are reviewing legislation after complaints about barking dogs and stray cats jumped.
Proposed changes to the Cat Act 2011 could force the animals to be kept indoors permanently or given curfews that limit them from going outdoors between sunrise and sunset.
The Western Australia Rangers Association said they want harsher penalties for owners of dogs who attack and want the dogs to be silent.
The changes they are seeking also include stopping people from putting cats outside at night and some are proposing they are banned from going outside completely.
Anyone flouting the rules could get a $10,000 (£5,000) fine or one-year prison sentence.
Greater enforcement powers to authorized officers and further amendments to dog barking offenses are also required.
Cat Haven said it is in favor of cats being kept indoors at all times. Chief Executive Roz Robinson said: ‘For their health, it’s much better. They live a longer and happier life.’
A so-called consultation period has been started and will end in August. But everyone knows this research is used to force the law upon citizens, because cats like to be outside wondering around in the garden and climbing trees.
News Punch / ABC Flash Point Wildlife News 2019.