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Assembly wants dead cat scans

07 June 2018

Cats are owned by 18% of the UK population. Under section 170 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, motorists are required to stop and report an accident involving animals including horses, cattle, mules, sheep, pigs, goats or dogs, but not for cats.


Today, the London Assembly unanimously agreed a motion calling on the Mayor to use his powers to push for the mandatory scanning of all deceased cats collected from the roadside.


Sian Berry AM, who proposed the motion said:


“The problem highlighted in this motion is something I wasn’t aware of until I was told about Cats Matter’s campaign.


“When I had the exact experience of my cat going missing and just not knowing where he was. I assumed the microchip would mean I would find out.


“But no. Luckily my cat came back soaking wet after three nights who knows where, but there are so many pet owners who never know. And that’s grim when so many of them have done the right thing and got a microchip.


“The problem is cats are not equal to dogs in the way the Government and local authorities treat them.”


Steve O’Connell AM, who seconded the motion said:


“I am pleased to support this motion.


“It’s a heart-breaking experience to not know what happened to a pet.


“This motion will help pet owners across London find out exactly what happened to their loved ones.”


The full text of the motion is:


“This Assembly notes that there is currently no obligation to report all cat deaths on roads. Section 170 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 requires people to report collisions involving animals including dogs but not cats. [1]

This Assembly recognises the distress that can be caused to London’s cat owners if they are not informed of the death of their pets.

We therefore call on the Mayor to lobby government to enact legislation that would require local authorities to ensure the mandatory scanning of all deceased cats collected from the roadside.

We also call on the Mayor of London and the Chair of the London Assembly to write to councils in London to make sure their own street cleaning teams treat all cats with respect and ensure microchips are checked when cats are found dead in the street.”

Notes to editors

Notes to editors: 


  1. Road Traffic Act 1988
  2. Watch the full webcast.
  3. Watch Sian Berry AM explain why she proposed the motion
  4. The motion was agreed unanimously.
  5. Sian Berry AM, who proposed the motion, is available for interviews. Please see contact details below. 
  6. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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