DRIVERS who run over a cat could soon be required by law to report the incident to the police.

It comes as a new law is set to be discussed for a second time in Parliament this week.

The Cats Bill 2017-19 was initially presented to Parliament on July 23, 2018, and the second reading is scheduled to take place this Friday, March 15.

It seeks to make a change to the Road Traffic Act (1988) which covers many animals, but not cats, deer, foxes or badgers.

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The change in law is being supported by a campaign group called Cats Matter which was created after the team’s founder lost a cat after a driver hit and killed it.

Cats Matter claims 230,000 cats are run over in the UK every year.

If passed, the Cats Bill would require a driver involved in an accident resulting in injury or death to a cat to stop and give information or report the accident to the police.

It would also to require the keepers of certain cats to ensure they are microchipped.

Cats Matter co-founder Mandy Lowe said: “Our primary goal is to make cat deaths on the road reportable, so the cat gets the opportunity for vet treatment as soon as possible.

“It would save thousands of lives,” she added, reports the Edinburgh Evening News.

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