DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
(ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICE)
4th Floor, Oxbridge Buildings, Oxbridge Street, London WC2 TA1
Telephone: 01-490-0688 or 071-460-0688 x 912
We are writing to all cat owners on our records to remind them that, as from the first of April, month, it will become illegal to keep a cat as a pet without a licence.
You will no doubt have seen the recent press advertisements, giving details of the introduction of this licence to bring to UK in line with European Community Law and to help prevent the potential spreading of rabies after 1992.
When the licence is issued, you will receive a metal collar tag with its own unique identification number, issued by our central computer. Your pet is required to wear this tag at all times.
Failure to comply with this requirement is a criminal offence. Mobile patrols will summarily check all cats; any not displaying the official tag will be impounded and may face being put down.
If you have already applied for and received a licence, please ignore this letter. If you have not, and possess (or are thinking of possessing) a cat, licences can be obtained over the counter from your local Post Office. Ask for form FL/542.
Thanking you for your co-operation,
April Fool (Mrs)
Animal Control Office
This April Fool joke was circulated on headed notepaper on several different years. No licence is required for owning a cat in the UK.