Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - PETS - Anne Box­hall Email abox­hall@ big­pond. com

RIGHT now there are plenty of in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions of­fer­ing up in­no­va­tive and prac­ti­cal ideas to achieve great things for an­i­mals, peo­ple and the en­vi­ron­ment we share.

A na­tional ac­tion plan for achiev­ing con­sis­tent leg­is­la­tion around the wel­fare and man­age­ment of do­mes­tic cats was re­cently re­leased by the G2Z or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The plan spells out how cat own­ers, gov­ern­ment, breed­ers, sell­ers, vets, an­i­mal wel­fare groups and the me­dia can col­lab­o­rate to work to­wards com­mon leg­is­la­tion and poli­cies.

Na­tional agree­ment on a com­mon di­rec­tion has the po­ten­tial to make it eas­ier for com­mu­ni­ties to man­age do­mes­tic cats and im­prove the well­be­ing of cats and com­mu­ni­ties.

The plan is avail­able at www. g2z. org. au and feed­back is in­vited be­fore De­cem­ber 15.

A new web­site and app for kids was un­veiled last week with pet safety mes­sages for chil­dren.

Pet Town in­cludes tips on safe ways to ap­proach and greet dogs, when to leave dogs alone, things not to do to pets as well as how to tell when a canine is happy, fright­ened or an­gry.

The web­site is now live at pet. ed­u­ca­tion. depi. vic. gov. au/ while the Ap­ple and An­droid apps, aimed at chil­dren up to 12, will be avail­able on tablet de­vices in early De­cem­ber.

Here’s a prac­ti­cal event for an­i­mal lovers who are frus­trated by peo­ple’s in­dif­fer­ence to an­i­mal suf­fer­ing.

Day cour­ses are on of­fer in Mel­bourne ( Novem­ber 30) and Syd­ney ( De­cem­ber 7) on how to com­mu­ni­cate the most diffi cult of an­i­mal ad­vo­cacy is­sues to peo­ple who are re­sis­tant, dis­in­ter­ested or cyn­i­cal.

The course is ti­tled Skills for Con­ver­sa­tions that Mat­ter and the de­tails can be found at an­i­mal­ef­fect. com/ course/

The award for orig­i­nal­ity goes to a pro­posal to the Tax Offi ce for de­duc­tions on pet ex­penses as recog­ni­tion of the pos­i­tive ef­fects pets have on our emo­tional and phys­i­cal well­be­ing.

Imag­ine the so­cial im­pact if pet own­ers could ob­tain tax relief for hav­ing their cat or dog de- sexed.

A smart idea which serves the in­ter­ests of the com­mu­nity and an­i­mals.

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