MEDIA RELEASE 26 November 2017: City strengthens ties with Cape Animal Welfare Forum
The Cape Animal Welfare Forum will work closely with the City of Cape Town on the revision of animal-related legislation and general welfare matters and has chosen a new patron in the form of Alderman JP Smith.
Animal matters took centre stage at the Annual General Meeting of the Cape Animal Welfare Forum (CAWF) on Friday 24 November 2017.
A number of key discussions were held at the event attended by the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith, and Chairperson of the City’s Safety and Social Services Portfolio Committee, Councillor Mzwakhe Nqavashe.
The City of Cape Town has an existing relationship with the Forum through its grant-in-aid funding of mass sterilisation campaigns. City Health initiated the first sterilisation project in 2013, providing grant-in-aid funding to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA and its animal welfare partners to sterilise dogs and cats in identified areas. To date, City Health has provided funding of more than R2,1 million for projects in Dunoon, Brown’s Farm, Khayelitsha, Wesbank and Atlantis to have just over 6 000 pets sterilised.
‘We are committed to provide ongoing support in this regard through co-funding of further mass sterilisation campaigns to help address over-population caused by rampant, uncontrolled breeding. To this we would like to add Humane Education programmes which we are discussing with the Forum members. The latter can play an important role in helping to build a compassionate and caring society, which in turn benefits both the City and CAWF members in reducing the number of cases of cruelty and neglect. One just needs to look at the statistics around animal complaints and attacks to know that we need to improve our efforts around promoting responsible pet ownership,’ said Alderman Smith.
The City has also reiterated its commitment to working with CAWF, which is a recognised umbrella body. Such partnerships with community organisations are a key component of the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan which emphasises the value of partnerships in making progress.
‘We invite all registered non-governmental organisations to join the CAWF so that there can be one voice and an effective partnership with City,’ said CAWF Vice -Chairperson, Veronica Nel.
Other resolutions from the meeting included:
That CAWF would make recommendations on the revision of the Animal
By-law, including enhancing sections dealing with equines (the harnesses and bridles are now regulated by SANS standards), the issue of mandatory sterilisation, and the breeding of animals for and sale of animals in pet shops.
That the City will investigate the possibility of further regulations around the discharge of fireworks.
That animal welfare Inspectors working for non-governmental organisations be authorised to enforce the City’s Animal By-law to further strengthen their ability to protect against animal cruelty and abuse.
‘I am truly honoured to have been chosen as Patron of the Cape Animal Welfare Forum. We have many organisations doing sterling work every day to protect the many vulnerable pets and working animals in our city. The City also has a particular interest in animal welfare and aside from the Animal By-law introduced in 2010, we have also started increasing our funding for the animal welfare sector to enhance and support the work that they do. The City is keen to further extend its involvement in this critical sector through a focus on humane education and improvements to our by-laws and policies that will further protect and defend our animal companions in the city and we will continue the working closely with the Forum in that regard,’ said Alderman Smith.
City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith, and Chairperson of the City’s Safety and Social Services Portfolio Committee, Councillor Mzwakhe Nqavashe and members of the Cape Animal Welfare Forum (CAWF) met to discuss key issues relating to animal welfare in Cape Town.