Moreland Leader; 25 JUN 12 BY TESSA HOFFMAN
ANIMAL experts say trap-neuter-return is fraught with complexities and is illegal in Australia.
Centre for Companion Animal Health professor Jacquie Rand said the practice was illegal in Australia “because unowned cats are considered pests and it is illegal to release a pest”.
A 2011 RSPCA report found the strategy may breach Victoria’s Domestic Animal Act 1994 and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986.
The research report found in some cases it was expensive, failed to reduce stray cat populations and posed a threat to wildlife.
Veterinary Association state president Dr Susan Maastricht said stray cats were a “suppository of disease”.