Council should block kitten breeding facility proposal, petitioners say

A PETA petition to stop a cattery project in Ipswich has over 6,000 signatures. PICTURES: File

More than 6,000 people have joined People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to voice their concerns about kitten breeding projects in Ipswich.

The owners of Karrabin Luxury Pet Resort, which have operated since the 1970s as a dog and cat kennel, submitted a development application earlier this year to Ipswich City Council, seeking permission to convert a shed into a cattery.

The application stated that “the cats are extremely quiet and unlikely to cause noise impacts” and that the breeding cattery would be fully enclosed to avoid any noise impact on surrounding properties.

According to the planning report, Ipswich City Council was “generally favourable” to the facility, provided it was located in an enclosed building, and had advised its opening hours to be between 7am and 7pm in weekdays and between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekends.

The PETA petition opposing the move urged the council to reject the plans on animal welfare grounds.

PETA’s senior communications adviser Emily Rice said thousands of caring people have already spoken and that Ipswich City Council should heed their animal welfare concerns.

“Approving a commercial kitten breeding facility at a time when Australians are increasingly choosing to adopt animals in need of loving homes from shelters is not a smart long-term investment for Ipswich or the UK. ‘State as a whole,’ she said.

“Compassion and logic must prevail.”

PETA said it would add more animals to “already overcrowded shelters” and increase the loss of wildlife that cats contribute to.

The petition was submitted to council during the public notice period.

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