Australia: City council imposes 24-hour ‘cat curfew’

Australia: City council imposes 24-hour ‘cat curfew’

[Ed. – This is bizarre.  If the concern were feral cats, that would be one thing.  But this is about fining owners if their cats are found off their property.  Humans have lost their minds.]

It’s known that felines like to roam, but from the start of October they will be subject to a “24-hour cat curfew” in one municipality in the Australian city of Melbourne.

Introduced by the Knox City Council, the new rule will require owners to keep their cats on their property at all times.

“When allowed to roam, cats are at a much higher risk of illness and injury,” Mayor Lisa Cooper said in a statement. “Keeping cats within their owners’ property also protects wildlife and prevents them causing nuisance for neighbors and their pets.”

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Wandering cats may be picked up and fines may be issued, the council said. …

However, some residents have taken issue with the new rule and an online petition calling for it be reviewed has received more than 740 signatures.

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