Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 5/7/2013 (1326 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Writing on behalf of the Winnipeg feline population, of whom I am a proud member, I should like to point out that the proposed bylaw is seriously flawed.
Oh, I'm sure the person with whom I reside could probably manage the annual fee of $15 for a spayed cat -- as, without my expressed approval, I've come to be.
So $15 for me, but $50 for an "intact" cat? Well, all right, but one wonders if intact Winnipeg women get a corresponding tax burden. Just a thought.
Anyway, what is really irksome here is that we cats should be required to wear a licence tag. Now has any city councillor ever tried putting a collar on a cat? Lots of painful scratching and biting could result.
Of course, dogs, sycophants that they are, willingly put up with being thus encumbered. However, we cats definitely do not welcome having extraneous material wrapped around our necks. Such objects feel uncomfortable, look unsightly and, if entangled on a branch, could cause strangulation. Oh, wonderful.
Finally, it would really help our anti-collar cause if the most prominent member of the local feline family would weigh in on the matter. I'm referring, of course, to Mayor Sam Catz.
P.S.: Thanks to my housemate, John Parr, for transcribing this.