Protect felines under the road traffic act, the same as canines etc. Isle of Man
Here on the Isle of Man felines are often knocked down on the road, many are left at the roadside dead, or injured and in excruciating pain by the people responsible. Recently we lost our family pet cat wookie, Thankfully we were reunited with him due to him being microchipped but with no explanations from the person responsible we are left with many questions. This makes the grieving period so much harder.
We live in a built up area of Douglas where there are many pets, children, disabled people and the elderly (Right next to crossroads care.). The speed limit is 30mph, yet we have seen & heard on many occasion people doing 45+mph.
I am writing this petition in hope to change the laws on running down a feline. I think they deserve as many rights as a canine (They are protected by the Road Traffic Act. Drivers must stop and give their details to the pet's owner or report the incident within 24 hours.)
It's not a matter of making it an offence but it could give closure to the family, or time for emergency care should the cat need it.
After being reported, cats should then be scanned so the owners can be notified. This in return will encourage responsible pet owning and micro-chipping.
Felines are just as much a part of the family as any canine. They are loved just the same, and their loss leaves heartbreak and emptiness to all who cared for them just the same. We need to gain justice for these poor creatures and prevent anyone else going through this experience. Please sign and help get these animals some rights. Thank yo