Cats Protection will launch the nation’s first “manifesto for cats” at a parliamentary event ahead of the general election.

The feline charity will unveil its 10-point document at a reception hosted by MP Neil Parish, chairman of the associate parliamentary group for animal welfare, and supported by Petplan, at the House of Commons on February 10.

The manifesto, which will also be available online, was compiled following a three-month consultation with the public, and outlines measures to protect cats from abandonment, harm and neglect.

It will include a “wish list” of policies, such as controlling the irresponsible breeding and sale of cats, banning snares, tighter regulations on the licensing of air guns and the inclusion of animal welfare in the national curriculum.

Moe than 93 per cent of people surveyed by Cats Protection agreed with all 10 manifesto proposals, according to the charity, and it now hopes the document will help shape the future of animal welfare legislation.

The charity will also release a video on YouTube in which cat lovers will call on politicians to act to improve feline welfare in the UK.

Cats Protection’s advocacy manager Jacqui Cuff said: “Over the past few years, we have been contacted about a worrying number of issues our supporters and the public want us to raise with Government.

“Cats Protection is pleased to be working with Government and to be presenting our first manifesto for cats. As part of a caring society, it is our duty to speak up for cats. Policies need to change and politicians can make that happen.”

“As we approach the 2015 general election we are calling on existing and prospective MPs to get behind our manifesto for cats to ensure one of the nation’s best loved pets is fully protected by policies and the law.”

Mr Parish said: “As a cat owner I am delighted to host the launch of the first ‘manifesto for cats’. “There are areas of feline welfare where more work should and can be done to tackle cat abandonment. I look forward to submitting this manifesto to the secretary of state.”

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