International Cat Care is delighted to announce the launch of an important new document, the International Declaration of Responsibilities to Cats, which we are encouraging all cat lovers to sign.
Developed by iCatCare, the Declaration sets out best practice for all those responsible for feline welfare, and provides a clear framework for a collaborative and coordinated approach to the protection and improvement of cat welfare.
We recognise that life is tough for many cats all over the world. Those that are unowned can struggle to survive on the streets, and may face inhumane methods of population control. For pet cats, welfare issues arise when people do not understand or fulfil their needs, or when veterinary care is not as good as it could be. Human desire to create certain looks for cats through breeding has resulted in cats suffering with serious health problems. These are just a few examples of the many ways in which cat welfare needs to be improved.
A number of different entities are responsible for feline welfare, ranging from individual owners caring for their pets, to central governments setting welfare legislation. Although it is important for everyone to play their own part in helping cats, it is also essential that these different bodies work together, if cat welfare is to be improved.
This is why we have devloped the Declaration and why we need you to read it, sign it and share it.
The gathering of signatures will achieve three goals:
- Those signing will be acknowledging that they have read the document and agree that we need a collaborative way forward to help the global cat population.
- The gathering of signatures will act as a petition, helping iCatCare to show the world how many people care about cats and want their welfare to be improved.
- Supporting the Declaration will enable organisations to use the document to help convince other parties to work together or develop new laws or responsibilities which can help deliver better cat welfare.
Once you have signed the Declaration, you can declare your support for improving feline welfare by sharing a photo on social media with one of our downloadable signs, using the hashtag #catdeclaration.
If you believe that the quality of life of every single cat matters, whether it lives in our home or on the streets, please sign the Declaration. To read and sign the document, and to download iCatCare’s Declaration signs, go to: www.icatcare.org/declaration.