Carol Monaghan MP has joined 65 MPs and peers at Cats Protection’s annual Christmas parliamentary reception at Westminster to celebrate the charity’s campaigning work in helping to improve the lives of cats and the people who love them.
The Glasgow North West MP was able to find out more about the charity’s award-winning Purrfect Landlords campaign, aimed at encouraging more landlords to allow tenants to own cats. They also learned about the charity’s work in calling for compulsory microchipping of cats and the licensing of air guns in England and Wales to prevent cats being the victims of shootings – Northern Ireland and Scotland already have air gun licensing laws in place.
While all dogs over 8 weeks old in Scotland must be microchipped, the microchipping of cats and other pets continues to be voluntary. The Scottish Government encourages pet keepers to consider microchipping their animals where possible and potentially useful, and have long recommended microchipping as best practice in the identification of dogs and cats.
Cats Protection is the UK’s leading cat charity, helping around 200,000 cats every year through a network of over 250 voluntary-run branches and 36 centres.
The charity’s Head of Advocacy & Government Relations Jacqui Cuff said:
“Cats are much-loved pets for millions of people in the UK, so we were pleased to welcome so many politicians who were keen to find out how we’re helping improve the lives of cats.
“The day was a great opportunity for us to highlight the problems faced by many renters who are unable to own cats due to ‘no pet’ policies. We were pleased that so many MPs wanted to find out more about the problem and how our Purrfect Landlords campaign is helping change the way cat ownership is viewed by landlords and letting agents. Cats make for happy tenants with 94% of private tenants with a cat saying that cat ownership has a positive impact on their lives.”
To find out more about Cats Protection’s advocacy work, please visit www.cats.org.uk/speakingupforcats.