Cat deaths on the road

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-01-17
Session date: 
January 17, 2019
Reference: 
2019/0275
Question By: 
Siân Berry
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Thank you for your response to the London Assembly motion passed on 7 June 2018 about cat deaths on the road. The campaigners from Cats Matter have received new data which shows there is still an inconsistent approach being taken by councils across London when dealing with cat deaths on the road. Given the unanimous cross-party support on this issue, could you raise this with London's councils or ask one of your deputy mayors to do this on your behalf, asking each council to provide details of the actions they intend to take?

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Answer for Cat deaths on the road
Cat deaths on the road

Cat deaths on the road

Answered By: 
The Mayor

While It is currently at the discretion of individual boroughs whether to scan and report dead cats, there can be no doubt just how important it is for many cat owners to know what has happened to their cherished pets. That’s why Transport for London (TfL) already has a policy of trying to contact the owners of all dead pets covered on roads it controls and with the introduction of new contracts in 2021 all pets will be scanned to help increase the prospect of reuniting them with their owners.

My Deputy Mayor’s and I regularly speak to London Councils about a range of issues. I will ask my Deputy Mayor for Transport, Heidi Alexander to explore this matter with London Councils at the next opportunity.