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Dearth of pet-friendly homes in Sydney affects death toll

Central Sydney – 24 May 11 @ 01:35pm by Aimee Scott

A shortage of pet-friendly accommodation in Sydney is a significant contributor to the high pet death toll, according to Kristina Vesk of the NSW Cat Protection Society.
“We get many cats surrendered to us because of the lack of pet friendly accommodation and adoption is declining,” she said.
She said that a cat or a dog who sleeps for 18 hours a day was not necessarily a bad tenant. “We have to change this idea of two legs good, four legs bad. It comes down to human rights issue. READ MORE HERE

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Cat group may face watchdog

The Age, Mark Russell; Nov 28 2010

A MELBOURNE veterinarian claims the Cat Protection Society Victoria has misled the public over the number of cats it saves and has asked the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to investigate the group’s financial reports. READ MORE HERE

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Greensborough cat society calls for death row rethink

Diamond  Valley Leader by Raelene Morey; 11 Nov 2010

THOUSANDS of cats are killed in Greensborough each year because of a state law that places a time limit on their lives.

Under the Victorian code of practice for the management of dogs and cats in shelters and pounds, the maximum time any animal can be held at a shelter is four weeks. READ MORE HERE

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Cat protection scrap widens

The Age, Mark Russell; October 31, 2010

TWO directors from the Cat Protection Society of Victoria have resigned over the dumping of a fellow board member who questioned why the society was killing cats in record numbers.

The resignations of Sue Fedrizzi and Dianne Watts, who support claims the society’s kill rate is too high, have embarrassed the animal welfare group, but the organisation denies being in turmoil.

Ms Fedrizzi and Ms Watts stepped down after the society voted to oust director Jasmine Alexandra, who had called for more to be done to reduce the group’s kill rate for cats and kittens, which rose from 63 per cent in 2008 to more than 90 per cent last year.

Ms Fedrizzi said board members should not be stopped from asking pertinent questions.

”I believe that members should in fact be encouraged to do this without fear of backlash or repercussion from within the group,” she said. Ms Fedrizzi said the society had to be more transparent when it came to the reporting of statistics and information.

Ms Alexandra claimed the society had lost its way. ”How can an organisation which claims to care about cats and has millions of dollars in the bank let their adoption rate fall every year?” Ms Alexandra said. ”I worked as hard as I could to increase the number of cats being adopted out and not killed, which resulted in me being thrown off the board.”

Ms Alexandra, dumped after a special general meeting on October 18, said the society had become complacent. ”It’s important the general public understands what’s going on,” she said. ”These cats are being killed because of complacency, a lack of effort. I think homes could be found for these cats, certainly more cats than are currently being adopted out.

”The problem is it makes no difference to the society’s interests if cats are rehomed or not.

”They are more interested in pushing for compulsory desexing laws.”

The society’s financial reports showed that in 2008 its Greensborough shelter adopted out more than 30 per cent or 4782 of the 15,874 cats it received, and euthanased 63 per cent (9943 cats).

In 2009 the adoption rate dropped to just over 8 per cent – 1011 of the 12,491 cats and kittens it received that year were adopted out – while 11,348 cats and kittens, more than 90 per cent, were killed. The rest were reclaimed.

Society chief executive Carole Webb refused to comment but her lawyer Jonathan Teh said Ms Alexandra was offered ”procedural fairness”. Mr Teh said Ms Alexandra was invited to speak against the motion to remove her as a director but chose not to attend the meeting. The motion was passed 69-11.

Ms Alexandra was dumped after sending an email to the society’s marketing subcommittee on July 6 discussing ways to improve the number of cats being adopted out.

The society’s marketing and communications consultant Allan Craig believed the email defamed him by questioning the way he was doing his job. The society demanded Ms Alexandra apologise but she refused after seeking legal advice.

Society president Delphine McCormack claimed Ms Alexandra’s ”baseless and malicious allegations” had exposed the organisation to a possible defamation claim.

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Protection society in catfight

The Age; Mark Russell; October 17, 2010

VICTORIA’S Cat Protection Society is in crisis with allegations that the organisation is killing cats in record numbers.

The society is trying to dump a director, Jasmine Alexandra, who has questioned why the society’s kill rate has increased from 63 per cent in 2008 to more than 90 per cent last year. Read more here…

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Where is the regulation on puppy farms?

The Age, Heather Neil, August 8 2010

Consider the real underdogs in this election.

Every election begins as a race to become the campaign’s self-declared underdog, as to whether this gives any party a psychological upper-hand is yet to be determined. In our eyes there is only one underdog, in the true sense of the term.

This underdog has four legs and a tail. She is used as a breeding machine Read more here….

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Believing their own propoganda

The Veterinarian; Dr Harry Corbett; July 2010

“One of the enduring myths utilised by the animal welfare industry to embellish their “Please Send Money” pleadings is that endless queues of irresponsible owners “dump” pets at shelters.

 A typical advertisement appeared in newspapers before Christmas in 2008.

 Costing an estimated $40,000 this advertisement apparently profited the RSPCA by some $750,000 and, since it was only chasing $350.000 no wonder that come December 2009 RSPCA went back to the trough with an advertisement almost identical, and with the substitution of one  appealing image with another.

 It is of some interest then that a paper on the admissions of dogs to shelters in Melbourne makes no mention of dogs being dumped at shelters……..”

Download document to read remainder of article. Believing their own propaganda

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