Of the excessive reproduction of cats, countless animals are abandoned or end up in animal shelters. Particularly in rural areas, unwanted kittens are often drowned or otherwise killed.
This is why, from an animal welfare perspective, it is strongly advisable to refrain from keeping unneutered cats that are allowed to roam outdoors. Contrary to the opinion of the Federal Council and the FSVO, neutering is a proportionate measure to prevent further increase in stray populations, to reduce animal suffering, and to regulate the cat population in Switzerland sustainably. The current legislation is not enough.
In its report, the Federal Council further states that the cantons and municipalities would be forced to deploy considerable resources if the public authorities were tasked with neutering outdoor cats. NetAP and TIR highly criticize this statement as it has nothing to do with Doris Fiala's proposal, which only calls for the introduction of mandatory neutering by the owners of the animals, not the government. No additional costs would arise for the state whatsoever if the proposal were accepted.
Despite the Federal Council's recommendation to reject the proposal, we are now hoping that public pressure and the proposal submitted by Doris Fiala will persuade parliament to introduce a national regulation obligating all owners of outdoor cats to neuter their animals.
Find further information in the German version of this news release.