Ban dogs, cats in Byron: council

A MOVE to ban cats and dogs across swathes of the Byron Shire will be debated at the council meeting in Mullumbimby today.

The measure has been proposed by Patrick Morrisey in order to protect wildlife from attacks by domestic and feral animals.

“Byron Shire is one of the most biologically diverse regions in Australia and is known to support amongst the highest number of threatened species in NSW,” Cr Morrisey said in his motion.

“Feral and domestic dogs and cats are major predators to wildlife and as such are a significant threat to biodiversity in the shire,” he said.

Current regulations were limited in their ability to control feral and domestic dogs and cats from preying on wildlife, and other methods were required to reduce their predatory activities, Cr Morrisey said.

The bans would not apply to current pet owners, he said.

Councillor Diane Woods, who will not be attending council today due to an injury, said she thought the proposal was ‘a bit silly'.

“Yes, it's true that cats kill birds, but a lot of people don't have family and need them for company,” Cr Woods said.

She said if an animal was causing trouble the owner should be prosecuted.

“We're getting too over-controlled. I think it's just crazy,” she said

A motion from Cr Woods for council to support a program called ‘Adopt-a-street' to tackle the upsurge of graffiti in Byron Shire will be held over until next month.



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