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Tracking possible or actual bans on pet cats and dogs


The village of Omaui, on New Zealand’s South Island, has proposed stopping residents from replacing their pet cats after they die, in an effort to protect New Zealand’s native animals. Other places – particularly colonized islands – are considering similar measures to protect their own wildlife. 

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Australia

April 2018:

  • Australian island proposes banning cats and dogs –  Cats and dogs on North Stradbroke Island, part of the Australian state of Queensland, could be banned, according to a leaked draft resolution proposed by government and community groups. The leaked document cites at least 24 incidents of domestic dog attacks on kangaroos, wallabies and koala, resulting in 23 deaths, within six months (RedandCity bulletin).

June 2015:

  • Tasmania’s Bruny Island considers banning cat ownership –  The community in this region south of the capital, Hobart, is considering imposing a ban on cat ownership to reduce the number of feral cats, which some local farmers say threaten livestock by bringing disease. It could become local council law (ABC) if there is sufficient support.

New Zealand

August 2018:

  • Council in Omaui region of New Zealand’s South Island proposes banning cats – The council called for all domestic cats in the Omaui region to be neutered, microchipped and registered. After a pet cat dies, residents would then not be allowed to get another (The Guardian). The proposal is designed to protect New Zealand’s native animals. Ecologist John Flux argues that one unpublished 2001 research report on 130 cats had the same findings as his study of his two cats, which found that the cat’s main diet was rodents, which do far more harm to native wildlife than cats do, meaning that the cats are in fact beneficial.

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