Fewer animals in Flemish shelters last year
There are far fewer animals in shelters in Flanders, which is based, says animal welfare minister Ben Weyts on a strong policy, particularly the requirement to sterilise kittens before they are sold or given away
Ben Weyts, Flanders’ first minister for animal welfare, attributed the lower numbers to “a strong animal welfare policy”. In particular, the fall in the figures for cats was, he said, a result of his Kattenplan, which came into force last year. That plan makes it obligatory for anyone selling kittens to have them sterilised and fitted with an identity chip. “That has brought down the number of stray cats, and the number of cases of euthanasia,” Weyts said.
And the minister made an appeal to anyone thinking about getting a new pet. “Go and take a look in a shelter,” he said. “Maybe you can give some poor animal a new home. We took a nice cat from the shelter, and it’s turned out to be a fantastic family friend.”
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