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.