Committee considers vets’ role in caring for cats

The role of Australia’s vets in working with cat owners and communities will be the focus of a public hearing on Wednesday, as the House of Representatives Environment and Energy Committee continues public hearings for its inquiry into the problem of feral and domestic cats in Australia.

Committee Chair, Mr Ted O’Brien MP said that “The Committee’s inquiry has received over 200 submissions. These highlight the impact of cats on native wildlife but also make clear that cats are much-loved pets for many Australian families.”

He said that “Wednesday’s public hearing provides the Committee with an opportunity to learn about the important role that veterinarians play and to hear their perspectives, particularly in relation to looking after the welfare of cats, and educating cat owners about how best to manage their pets to avoid damaging Australia’s environment and wildlife.”

A program for the hearing is available on the Committee’s website.

Public hearing details

Date: Wednesday 21 October 2020

Time: 10.15 am to 10.45 am

Location: via teleconference

The hearing will be broadcast live at (audio only).

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