AN UNUSUAL raffle prize has brought state wide attention to a small Tiaro community group.
The committee that runs Antigua Hall has upset cat lovers and animal care groups by listing a $700 ragdoll kitten as first prize in a raffle set to be drawn at the group’s annual fair in April.
The raffle has caused concern with the RSPCA, Biosecurity Queensland and the state’s acting chief veterinary officer.
A hall committee member, who is a registered ragdoll breeder, donated the kitten, which will be five months old by the time it is won on April 18.
The purebred male seal-point will be micro-chipped, vaccinated, desexed, wormed, toilet-trained and given flea treatment before the drawing of the winner but that has not comforted authorities.
The kitten is being advertised as an "inside kitten only".
A spokesperson for the committee said the kitten was initially intended to be the first prize in a children’s colouring-in and photographic competition at the fair.
But committee members changed their minds after realising the potential winner’s family may not want the cat.
So instead they are raffling it and believe only people who would want a cat will buy tickets.
And although the kitten will be micro-chipped, the committee spokesperson admitted members were unaware they were legally required to do so.