Ealing Lib Dems support cat petition to be debated by MPs

By The Editor

17th Nov 2022 | Opinion

Councillor Gary Malcolm and his pet cat
Councillor Gary Malcolm and his pet cat

Ealing Liberal Democrat Councillor Gary Malcolm, who owns a rescue cat from the RSPCA, signed a petition entitled "Make it a legal requirement for drivers to stop & report collisions with cats."

Unlike road traffic incidents with dogs, horses, cattle, mules, sheep, pigs and goats, which must be reported, there is no such legislation that requires drivers to report a cat has been injured or killed to its owner. The petition has gained more than 102,000 signatures in a pledge of support to stop the 'hit and run' of cats, an animal absent from the legislation in the Road Traffic Act 1998.

Councillor Gary Malcolm said: "It is great that the petition has reached over 100,000 names so a debate in parliament can take place, but we want to see the government arrange for the debate to happen as soon as possible. If my cat was hit by a vehicle, I would be distraught. It seems obvious that cat owners should get the same treatment as dog owners."

The date of the parliamentary date was scheduled to take place in November will be announced soon.

Read more about the petition here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/607317.


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