The request for a national mass neutering programme for cats, as well as for mandatory microchipping and registration of dogs and cats, was among seven requests put forward by the Council for Animal Welfare to the Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights.
In a meeting between the Ministry and the new members of the Council for Animal Welfare, mention was also made of requests for safeguarding of farm animals and the keeping of wild animals.
The Council, which is tasked with advising the Ministry on issues falling under the Animal Welfare Act, also called for the immediate removal of dangerous poisons which are being abused, as well as for the need for a new centre for rehoming.
Minister Refalo declared that earlier this year animal welfare activists, who are now also members of the Council, had issued a call for the Minister to tackle an exhaustive list of seven points in order to help in the improvement of animal welfare and rights in Malta. Dr Refalo said his Ministry was already working on these proposals.
Dr Refalo further stated his Ministry had heeded requests made by Council members and had taken immediate action, and assured the Council he intended maintaining this open dialogue in order to achieve these common aims.