CoCT-Pets

The City of Cape Town has called for public comment, input or objection to Animal Keeping Policy, which includes updated regulations around pet ownership.

  • permitting of small and large animals including dogs, cats and horses is compulsory,
  • certain pets are required to be licensed,
  • strict conditions for animals or pets that have been declared dangerous by officials

263 participants, so far (closes 17 May 2021)

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Dear South Africa

Have your say – shape the outcome.

    Do you support the proposed amendment to the Animal Keeping Policy?

    What is your top concern? (view details at link above)

    What is your status?

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    Dear South Africa

    SUMMARY

    The City of Cape Town recognises that animals play an important role in the lives of many of its residents. These relationships differ between individuals and communities with animals being kept for a variety of reasons including companionship, care (guide animals), agriculture and cultural and religious purposes.

    The City also recognises that the keeping of animals has environmental health and noise and nuisance impacts. It is important to ensure that the keeping of animals does not lead to public and environmental health issues and that animals are not a source of danger or nuisance. These impacts also relate to the critical relationship between animal health and animal welfare. Owners and caretakers of animals have the responsibility to ensure the health, safety and protection of animals from cruelty and neglect.

    This policy seeks to outline the conditions and responsibilities related to the keeping of animals and is enforced by the City’s relevant Animal related by-laws to ensure that crucial conditions are adhered to.

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