The state government has announced that it will undertake a review of Tasmania's cat management laws.
Environment, Parks and Heritage Minister Brian Wightman said today that the Cat Management Act and Regulations was enacted a year ago, so a review was now timely.
Mr Wightman said the review would canvass a broad range of issues relating to the laws, such as identifying inconsistencies or gaps in the legislation and responsibilities and expectations of major stakeholders.
The minister said that it was intended that the legislation:
- improve the welfare and responsible ownership of cats, and
- increase the effectiveness of managing cats, allowing for the human handling and management of unidentified, stray and feral cats, as well as reduce the negative impact of cats on the environment.
Mr Wightman said he expected that the review process would be completed by mid-2014.
For more information on the review, contact DPIPWE's Invasive Species Branch on 6336 5320.