PROUD MOMENT: Cr Robert Garland with Opie the dog and Smudge the kitten. He was all smiles after finding out the Fraser Coast council had received a Proggy Award from PETA.
PROUD MOMENT: Cr Robert Garland with Opie the dog and Smudge the kitten. He was all smiles after finding out the Fraser Coast council had received a Proggy Award from PETA. Alistair Brightman

Strict desexing laws on Fraser Coast bring PETA award

THE Fraser Coast Regional Council's new desexing laws have been awarded a Progress or 'Proggy' Award by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Australia.

In a Queensland first, a new law will come into place from May 1, enforcing all pet owners to have their cats and dogs desexed by the time they are 22 weeks old.

PETA's Proggy Award was created in 2002 for companies and organisation that make a difference to the welfare of animals.

PETA Australia director of campaigns Jason Barker said the organisation hoped other councils across the country followed the Fraser Coast's example.

"Every new kitten and puppy born further decreases the chances of adoption for other animals already in shelters."

Although the stricter laws will be put into place soon, the council will not be employing any more officers to stop offenders.

Community health portfolio Councillor Robert Garland said employing more people would put more of a burden on the region's ratepayers.

"It will be up to the new council to review the compliance of the laws in the future, and decide on what action needs to be taken after that," Cr Garland said.

"We hope the community does its part and does the right thing."

A PETA spokeswoman said the council "should absolutely ensure these ground breaking laws are enforced".

"Mandatory desexing save lives and will save the council money in the long run by reducing the number of animals who enter municipal shelters," the spokeswoman said.

Desexing laws

- From May 1, all animals older than 22 weeks must be desexed before they are sold, registered or given away.

- Breeders must register and pay $100 to council.

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