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Animal Management Issues & Resources
- Dogs are important household members to 37.3% of Australian households with 92% of them reporting that they feel very close to their pet.
- The call for cats to be controlled (identified, registered, banned, confined 24 hours per day, or be desexed) has risen since the early 1980s.
- Dogs have shared their lives with humans for more than 12,000 years, and that coexistence has contributed substantially to humans' quality of life.
- Domestic animal management (DAM) plans set a framework for effective animal management and legal compliance.
- Legislative changes are necessary to bring outdated laws into line with current cultural, demographic and technological change across Australia.
- Responsible pet ownership involves taking personal responsibility for one's pet(s) and managing it in ways that are in the best interests of neighbours, the local community and the pet itself, as well
- If the maintenance of natural biodiversity is the key to a sustainable, healthy environment, then wildlife conservation is as important in the urban and peri-urban environment as it is anywhere else.
- Critical to any approach to management of populations of cats and dogs is an understanding of population dynamics. There are large populations of unowned animals which contribute in a significant wa
- The planning and design of urban housing and public open space can improve animal management outcomes. When added to the social aspects of pet ownership, planning can contribute to wider social capi
- Identification of all companion animals is critical to effective management and to the animal's welfare.
- Delivery of animal health, welfare and control programmes on remote indigenous communities has unique social, cultural and logistic considerations.
Trap, neuter and release (TNR) is a proposed management solution for feral, free-roaming and unowned cats.
- Animal welfare groups are impacting positively within the urban animal management environment, are getting a strong message out to a larger demographic and have developed rewarding partnerships along
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