City of Cape Town updating its Animal Keeping Policy (you can comment)


The City of Cape Town is updating its Animal Keeping Policy and you have until 17 May 2021 to comment. Please add your voice for animals. YOU WILL FIND THE DOCUMENT AND LINK TO COMMENT HERE: City of Cape Town.

(From the 26 April press release)

“First introduced in 2005, the policy includes aspects relating to the principles of animal welfare, responsibilities of pet owners and the public at large, complaints relating to animals, and partnerships between the City and pet owners, animal keepers, and the animal welfare sector, among others.

“The City and animal welfare organisations are increasingly spending huge amounts of budgets on health and safety programmes dedicated to animals. We have also seen an increase in the number of complaints around animal welfare, which is placing immense pressure on the SPCA and other organisations in the animal welfare sector, but also the City’s Law Enforcement Department,’ said the Chairperson of the City’s Safety and Security Portfolio Committee, Councillor Mzwakhe Nqavashe.

“We encourage the public to share their views and suggestions on the policy direction that the City should take to manage and shape a new era of animal keeping, but also to strengthen mechanisms around the welfare of pets as well as animals used for agricultural purposes.“The updated policy seeks to provide a very clear guide to animal owners or care-givers, breeders of animals and the public at large, as to how to apply the duty to care principle to all animals within the City’s jurisdiction,” added Councillor Nqavashe.

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