It’s normal to have curfews for kids and teens for their safety. But this particular Australian city has recently passed a curfew law targeting, not children or young adults, but cats.
Recently, the Adelaide suburb of Marion introduced a new law that will keep felines behind closed doors after sundown. The city becomes the latest to pass such legislation in a string of Australian towns and cities. They are hoping that they will be able to crack down on the ‘nuisance behavior’ of the animals. According to an article by Unilad, a British Internet media company, and website owned by LADbible Group, the new law aims to limit the number of cats per property to two.
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The legislation was the result of ‘outcry’ from the community about the behavior of local cats. It was reported that many felines have been killing wildlife, fighting in the garden, and caught defecating on people’s properties. “We had a lengthy consultation over a month and received over 500 responses, so it was obvious that people are quite passionate about cats roaming the streets,” Mayor Ann Ferguson explained. According to her, 73 percent of the city residents supported the decision of addressing the behavior of the cats. About 68 percent supports the limit of two cats per property while 71 percent supports the curfew.
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Residents should make sure to keep their cats inside of their houses between 8 pm to 7 am. If failed to do so, they will face penalties and will have to undergo covert surveillance if their cat is a suspected nuisance. As of now, Ferguson stated that they are still working on other details.
Cities all over Australia are also doing the same as part of the crackdown on feral cats in the country. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), an American animal rights organization, reported that feral cats are killing about 75 million native animals every night across Australia. These animals include reptiles, small mammals, frogs, and birds.