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An animal-rights activist has urged Tweed Shire Council to make household pet enclosures mandatory in a bid to reduce wildlife deaths.

Menkit Prince, of Uki, told council’s community access last week that Tweed should follow Logan City’s lead in making it compulsory for all pet-owning homes to have enclosures for dogs and cats.

Ms Prince said Logan City was the first council in Australia to apply mandatory enclosures for yards and dwellings where pets lived.

She also said council should make a comprehensive record of where road kills occurred in the shire to work out the ‘hot spots’ where wildlife was vulnerable and apply special speed limits, signs and other traffic-calming measures to minimise this, ‘especially on Cudgera Creek Road where more koalas are killed’.

Ms Prince said the Tweed was one of the richest areas for biodiversity in Australia but had one of the ‘worst rates of biodiversity loss in NSW’.

She said enclosures and other measures to stem wildlife killings would also help council by minimising resources spent on dealing with the issue, such as neighbour complaints on roaming or attacking dogs.

‘It’s an obvious solution if it’s made mandatory and we want to reduce road kills,’ she told councillors.

‘The advantage of these is that cats can’t kill birds and it prevents them from being killed by cars or snakes or ticks or other animals, and disease isn’t so easily spread.’

She used a slide presentation to illustrate different types of enclosures, some attached to a home and others free standing.

Ms Prince said that in Victoria authorities provided instructions on how to build enclosures for different types of dwellings.



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