Early this year International Cat Care developed the ‘International Declaration of Responsibilities to Cats’. This is a document that provides a framework for an all-inclusive approach to improving feline welfare, to enable all those responsible for cats to work together in a coordinated, cohesive and collaborative way. It also outlines best practice for protecting and improving the welfare of all cats, be they owned or unowned, ferals or pets.
A huge number of people have shown their support for this initiative by signing the Declaration. To date, the Declaration has gathered over 20,000 signatures from people in an astounding 108 countries. This shows just how many people care about cats, want their welfare to be improved, and believe in a collaborative approach to achieve this.
Here is a selection of just some of the individuals and organisations who have shown their support for the declaration:
The Declaration has now been translated into five languages – French, Hebrew, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish, with many more translations to follow. This will enable individuals and organisations all over the world to utilise the Declaration in creating a better future for cats.
Campaigning at the European level
In March, International Cat Care visited Brussels to attend the annual meeting of the EU Dog & Cat Alliance, a group of animal welfare organisations calling for EU action to build a better Europe for dogs and cats. The Alliance is very supportive of the Declaration and through it our efforts to improve feline welfare worldwide.
Chief Executive Claire Bessant and Digital Communications Editor Lizzie Rowe went on to meet MEP Alex Mayer at the European Parliament to talk about our Declaration and ways to protect cats, both owned and unowned, within EU policy. The meeting was a successful start, and we will continue to move forward at a policy level, and in bringing together all entities responsible for the health and wellbeing of cats.