Council Bylaw Change

Community cats in Auckland urgently need your help!

Waitemata Local Board had passed a motion recommending that the Bylaw Section 8(1) be changed as follows:

“Regarding feeding animals to add ‘and unowned’ to the reference to wild and feral animals, with an addition specifically to refer to cats and birds in that section. This is in order to ensure the bylaw covers unowned cats (as virtually none meet the definitions of wild and feral in our, or most other, local board areas).”

What does this mean?

The bylaw change will make it illegal to feed stray and abandoned cats on Council land.

Watch Anne discussing the bylaw change here:

How can you help?

Please email Auckland City Councillors to let them know that you disagree with this bylaw change before the next Council meeting on 29 October 2021.

Copy and paste the email addresses below:
john.watson@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; wayne.walker@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; cathy.casey@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; christine.fletcher@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; bill.cashmore@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; sharon.stewart@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; paul.young@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; alf.filipaina@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; efeso.collins@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; angela.dalton@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; daniel.newman@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; josephine.bartley@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; chris.darby@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; richard.hills@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; desley.simpson@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; greg.sayers@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; shane.henderson@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; linda.cooper@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; pippa.coom@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; tracy.mulholland@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; imogen.bassett@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; phil.goff@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz; andrea.midgen@spca.nz; arnja.dale@spca.nz

First point is to state the purpose of your letter as below: 

I have been advised that you are about to change Bylaw Section 8(1) as per a motion passed by the Waitemata Local Board and pursue same throughout other local boards in the following terms -

“recommend additions to proposals in the bylaw section 8 (1) regarding feeding animals to add ‘and unowned’ to the reference to wild and feral animals, with an addition specifically to refer to cats and birds in that section. This is in order to ensure the bylaw covers unowned cats (as virtually none meet the definitions of wild and feral in our, or most other, local board areas).”

Important points to make as follows: 

  • Under The Animal Welfare Act and “owner” is defined as “owner or person in charge”. Clearly if you are feeding cats and caring for them you are legally the “owner”.
  • As an “owner” under The Animal Welfare Act it is an offence to abandon and not care for them.
  • Under the Code of Welfare for Cats, there are three clearly defined categories of cats under the law. Companion – Stray – Feral.  An “un-owned “ cat does not legally exist under the law and Councils do not have the ability to alter the law.
  • Cats and indeed most animals have been declared “sentient beings” under New Zealand Law.
  • We are constantly hearing the catch phrase and hash tag “BE KIND”. Ask the question “When is Council and Government going to start “BEING KIND” to our “sentient beings”?
  • The people feeding and often de-sexing these cats, sometimes for many years, have done an incredible job of reducing our stray cat population and feeding them which means they don’t have to hunt to survive.
  • Rather than take such a cruel and uncaring approach to animal welfare, suggest that Council would be far better off taking a positive, pro-active approach and support the rescue organisation’s endeavours to de-sex the stray cats and educate people in responsible animal management instead of making the innocent cats suffer.
  • We want to have caring Councillors, not people who promote “turning a blind eye” to those in need in our communities.

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