Monday, May 7, 2012

Animal Welfare Groups Commend Blacktown Council on Compulsory Desexing

In a landmark decision last week, Blacktown Council has approved a policy to adopt immediate compulsory desexing of all cats and dogs sold from its pound facility. With more than 3,000 cats and dogs euthanised at Blacktown Animal Holding Facility each year, desexing will be a key strategy in reducing the number of unwanted animals entering the pound.

RSPCA NSW and Animal Welfare League NSW made cooperative submissions offering to assist Blacktown Council for consideration at last week’s meeting. A number of Councillors indicated these submissions, combined with the support of local veterinary clinics, were significant contributors to Council’s decision.

CEO of Animal Welfare League NSW Tim Vasudeva said, “This is an important step for the welfare of companion animals in Blacktown and surrounding regions. It is a testament to the dedicated work of so many members of the community, local veterinarians and members of Council who have been advocating for desexing for many years. I congratulate every Blacktown Councillor for their support of this initiative and was very pleased to observe the motion carried unanimously at this week’s Council meeting.

“We are very pleased to be working cooperatively with both RSPCA NSW and local veterinarians to provide desexing capacity and veterinary support to Council’s Animal Holding Facility to enable this important policy to be implemented effectively and efficiently.”

RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman applauded Blacktown Council for demonstrating this level of leadership. “We cannot praise Blacktown Council enough for taking this brave step,” said Mr Coleman. “Desexing just makes sense. The issue of animal overpopulation is everyone’s problem – not just Council’s, RSPCA’s or the Animal Welfare League’s. It’s everyone’s responsibility to tackle this, and desexing is critical if we expect to impact the number of unwanted companion animals.

“We commend Blacktown Council for setting an example for other councils struggling to deal with this statewide issue,” said Mr Coleman.

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