Cat Management in Tasmania
New legislation relating to owning, breeding and controlling cats came into effect in Tasmania on 1 July 2012.
Domestic cats are a part of many households and are a valued companion pet to many people. The Tasmanian Government promotes responsible pet ownership and the Cat Management Act 2009 and the Cat Management Regulations 2012 encourages owners to have their pets desexed and microchipped.
Under the Act only registered breeders are permitted to breed cats. Cats sold or given away must be more than eight weeks old, desexed and microchipped. The Act also introduces powers to trap, seize or destroy stray and feral cats in certain circumstances and gives land owners and managers the statutory power to control cats found on their land.
Over many years, a feral cat population has become established in Tasmania. DPIPWE is responsible for coordinating efforts to better understand and reduce these impacts. A statewide plan is being developed to support these efforts. As part of this, the Invasive Species Branch (ISB) is consulting with key industry and community groups.
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Contact: Invasive Species EnquiriesInvasive Species Branch
171 Westbury Road
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Phone: 03 6336 5320
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