By 2020, all 2 million cats in Belgium will be required to be spayed or neutered. This includes all cats born in Belgium, as well as any cat brought into the country that will be staying longer than 30 days.
The new laws aim to combat overpopulation at animal shelters. Additionally, all cats will be required to have microchips, and the chips will contain the cat’s spay/neuter status. All microchips will be part of a centralized database called CatID.
The first-time fine for noncompliance is 50 euros; the penalty may be increased all the way up to 10,000 euros.
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Jackie Brown is a freelance writer from Southern California who specializes in the pet industry. Reach her at jackiebrown writer.wordpress.com.
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