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National cat protection society

The National Cat Protection Society (NCPS) is the only animal rights charity in the United Kingdom working on cat welfare. It is based in London, England. It was founded in 1992 by Cat Protection International and the World Society for the Protection of Animals and the organisation's current Director is Sue Blackmore. NCPS has about 250 paid and unpaid volunteers and is funded by small donations.

NCPS has lobbied the government for more funds to be allocated to the welfare of cats in the UK and the organisation has been at the forefront of efforts to increase the legal protections for animals. It campaigns to protect cats from cruel and inhumane treatment and for the legal status of cats to be changed so that they do not fall under the legal definition of "livestock" and are instead recognised as a "sentient" animal that deserves legal protection from being exploited in the UK.

Aims

The NCPS's aims are to:

Save the lives of sick, injured and abandoned cats by getting them the veterinary care they need,

Stop cruelty and the needless suffering and death of kittens and cats by improving law enforcement and education of the public,

Protect cats from cruel treatment and from being treated as "livestock" when their natural state is as "sentient beings".

Work

NCPS campaigns for changes to the law, such as the banning of cat declawing, the protection of cats in animal shelters, and better education and welfare for cats in homes, animal shops and the pet trade. It also helps cat owners in need by providing financial grants and assistance to cat owners who cannot afford to treat their cat and for emergency treatment for those who have been ill-treated or left injured by their owner.

NCPS also provides legal services to cat owners in the UK who face legal difficulties with their cat's behaviour or with unwanted litters. NCPS also provides educational services and has links with other animal rights groups in the UK, the US and Australia, and with other animal rights groups overseas.

Litigation

NCPS has taken legal cases against cruelty to cats and to the pet trade and has won a number of key cases.

The NCPS brought the first successful action for cats in the UK in 1992. It succeeded in forcing the British government to admit that declawing is cruel and should be banned in the UK under the Animal Welfare Act (1999). This was followed by a landmark case in which NCPS successfully sued to have cats declared as "sentient" rather than as "livestock" and for them to be protected from ill-treatment by legislation. NCPS was also successful in its legal campaign to outlaw the deliberate creation of unwanted kittens in the UK. NCPS won this case by an order of the High Court and a successful appeal to the Court of Appeal. This legal precedent helped lead to the ban on the breeding of cats for commercial purposes. The High Court ruling in this case, which upheld the legal rights of cats, was widely reported in the media.

The NCPS has been instrumental in the banning of the import of live ferrets into the UK.

In 2008, NCPS won the case that forced British supermarkets to allow cats to come into stores with their owners. This ruling was challenged by Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Waitrose. The appeal was dismissed and NCPS is continuing to work with these supermarkets to ensure that their stores are cat-friendly.

NCPS also campaigned against the import of cats and kittens from outside the European Union, in particular from Turkey.

The NCPS has also litigated against the Pet Trade Standards Association and against veterinary surgeons who deliberately over-inflate the body weight of healthy cats for the pet trade.

Education and outreach

NCPS holds education sessions at cat shows and cat shows. It has also set up a national helpline for cat owners and has links with other animal protection charities in the UK, Australia, the US and elsewhere.

In the UK

NCPS holds talks at shows to educate owners on the legal rights of cats and the legislation governing them, how to treat their cat and to protect them from cruelty.

The NCPS organises regular talks at cat shows across the UK for cat owners and has set up a helpline for cat owners and the media and also provides financial grants to cat owners who cannot afford to treat their cat and for veterinary care for those who have been ill-treated or left injured by their owner.

The NCPS also organises educational talks at cat shows about cat health and welfare issues, for example, about declawing and about the dangers of straying. NCPS also holds a "Cat Health Workshop" and organises training for cat owners to teach them about animal health.

The NCPS also holds regular education talks about cats, for example, for cat lovers at venues such as the London Salsa Club, the New Look, Soho House, The Ritz Hotel, the London Jazz Cafe, the Southbank Centre and the Royal National Theatre.

The NCPS also runs a free helpline for cat owners and veterinary services for ill cats and for emergency care for cats who have been injured or abandoned by their owners. NCPS also provides legal services for cat owners who face legal difficulties with their cat's behaviour or with unwanted litters.

Cats in need of financial help

The NCPS provides financial grants to cat owners who cannot afford to treat their cat and for veterinary care for those who have been ill-treated or left injured by their owner. The NC


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