The identification and registration of all cats, before their twelfth week, become mandatory in the Brussels Region, said Sunday the cabinet of the Secretary of State for Animal Welfare, Bianca Debaets.
Eventually, registration should help reduce the number of cats euthanized in shelters, the statement said. In 2014, the Brussels Region had already introduced mandatory identifications,
registrations and sterilizations for cats sold or changing owners. At present, identification and registration become mandatory for any cat born after the entry into force of this decree.
The identification will be via the implementation of a mini-chip. “The advantages of the centralized system for cats are very numerous,
for example the owners who will be able to find their lost cat more quickly, as well as to combat the phenomenon of people abandoning their cat.
And, ultimately, we will also keep the size of the stray cat population under control. Unfortunately, at present, no less than 36% of cats collected by shelters must be euthanized, a total of 900 cats in Brussels shelters alone, “says Debaets.