Compulsory de-sexing of all companion animals that are sold, swapped or given away

Principal Petitioner Teresa Rix, Fortitude Valley
Date Closed Wed, 09 Aug 2017 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 11 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of Council, the immeasurable suffering and euthanasia of unwanted kittens/cats/puppies/dogs as well as the immense fiscal cost to the public in trying to maintain and manage non-desexed companion animals.

We, the petitioners, want to see Council introduce mandatory de-sexing of all companion animals that are not registered with the appropriate authority as breeding or show animals. This should include all kittens/cats/puppies/dogs that are or have been sold, swapped, given away or adopted. In the 2010/2011 period, 19,538 dogs and 37,117 cats were "destroyed" - this is a disgraceful number. Compulsory de-sexing will minimise nuisance animals, health risks and expenditure on public services as well as saving animal owners' time, money and worry. Pets generally live a significantly happier, healthier life. As well as eliminating unwanted pregnancies and undesirable behaviour, there are significant medical and behavioural reasons for de-sexing our companion animals. We need to do something to stop the endless cycle of breeding, catching, holding and killing animals that presently occurs.

We, the public, feel it is the right time to introduce compulsory de-sexing; there has been, and continues to be, a massive population increase due, in part, to high-density housing and with it a marked increase in companion animals living in very close proximity to one another. There are so many valid reasons why de-sexing should be made compulsory and we hope that one day very soon it will be.

Requesting Council introduce the mandatory de-sexing of all companion animals that are not registered with the appropriate authority as breeding or show animals, including all kittens/cats/puppies/dogs that are or have been sold, swapped, given away or adopted.