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Cat welfare on political agenda
12th March 2018

By Karen Pickwick
 
Cats are a hot topic in Westminster following the launch of the first All-Party Parliamentary Group dedicated to improving feline welfare.
 
The first meeting of the new group – made up of MPs and Peers with the support of Cats Protection and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home – took place at Westminster last Tuesday (March 6). 
 
The APPG on Cats (APGOCATS) will discuss feline welfare and how to tackle key cat issues both in parliament and in society more widely. The group will be looking to propose solutions to a range of problems facing cats, such as toxins contained in antifreeze and laws on air guns, as well as highlighting the benefits of owning a cat to combat loneliness.  
 
Maria Caulfield MP said: “As a cat owner myself, I’m very pleased to have been elected chair of a group which recognises the important role cats play in many people’s lives and which will work to better protect the needs of both cats and their owners.
 
“Cats are wonderful animals and provide much love, support and companionship to a wide range of people, from young families to elderly people living on their own.”
  
Cats Protection’s Head of Advocacy & Government Relations Jacqui Cuff said: “Cats Protection’s 10-point Manifesto for Cats, launched ahead of the 2015 election, has received great cross-party support from politicians, yet there is still much to be done to ensure cats are protected. It’s entirely right cats are now going to have their own group in parliament to put a spotlight on feline welfare issues. We’re excited to work with this group as it strives to improve the lives of cats in the UK, something which will also be greatly welcomed by millions of animal lovers.”