Talkback — Cat curfews and cat bans – Life Matters

A Victorian city council has made international headlines for passing a 24 hour ‘cat curfew’ in their area, with opponents accusing them of “tearing away basic freedoms” from their beloved cat population.

But, several municipalities around the country have similar cat bans, many have had night-time ‘cat curfews’ for years, and, a parliamentary inquiry recently recommended a ‘national cat curfew’ to protect native wildlife.

So, would you ever want either a cat ban or a ‘cat curfew’ introduced your area?

Guests:

Professor Sarah Legge, University of Queensland expert on the impact of cats on Australian Wildlife and Deputy Director of the Threatened Species Recovery Hub of the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program

Mark Verbaken, Manager of Environment and Community Protection, Wodonga City Council, VIC, where they’ve had a cat curfew for nearly 20 years



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