Proposed Legistlation In NJ Could Make Cats "Exotic" And Hunted

@pyewacket (44036)
United States
September 6, 2010 9:15pm CST
Yes you heard right. This idea by the New Jersey Game, Fish and Wildlife is not exactly a new one, as it was proposed as long ago as 2007. The whole idea is to change the status of feral and stray cats into "exotic" and dangerous animals that pose a threat to the natural wildlife in New Jersey, and by changing the status would allow people to hunt cats in the same manner as deer, rabbits, bear, etc. I think most people are aware that in many areas, there ARE large populations of feral and stray cats and yes perhaps considered a nuisance, however, the many TNR (trap, neuter, release) programs available have proven effective, in that by trapping the cats, spaying/neutering them then releasing does bring the cat population down. One such advocate of the TNR means is Alley Cat Allies, a forerunner in this program. To do the TNR method is also more cost effective, rather than the other means of dealing with the feral/stray cat issue, which is for Animal Care and Control to trap, bring to a shelter then euthanized--to do this latter method means that these feral/stray cats in effect take up shelter space in a system already bulging to the seams with unwanted cats, and little or zero hope of them being adopted out. I just plain don't think passing legislation to include feral/stray cats as "wildlife" and can be hunted down is the answer. The rational of the people proposing this idea is that feral cats interfere with the natural wildlife of New Jersey by hunting rodents, rabbits and birds. Like duh? I see this as a natural order of the chain cycle, and especially in the case of rodents keeps the population down of such animals--one only has to remember what happened in the Medieval period of history where cats were rounded up and killed due to superstitions of the time that cats were evil and witches familiars...what happened? Since the cats were killed off the rat population went rampart, and created the devastating Black Death since the rats were carriers of the Bubonic Plague. as I see it too, if such legislation is passed, I almost guarantee that sooner or later domestic cats belonging to people will become the unfortunate victims. Yes, in my opinion, cats should be kept indoors when they belong to someone, but often cat owners will allow their cats to go outdoors to roam, and also, even when pet owners do confine their cats indoors sometimes there is the chance of the cat(s) escaping. If you're interested in reading up more about this proposed plan just google Legislation Proposed For Cats To Be Hunted In New Jersey, not only will you find articles but many petitions to sign should you wish to do so. Here is one such article, and with it is a link to the on-line contact form to the NJ Fish, Game and Wildlife should you wish to voice your opinion http://lovemeow.com/2010/03/new-jersey-considering-making-feral-cat-hunting-legal/ So what's your opinion?...do you think this legislation quite frankly sucks like I do? Do you think cats should be hunted down like "exotic" wildlife?
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@Trace86 (5034)
• United States
7 Sep 10
I think that is ridiculous! If I were a "cat hunter", I would feel so bad if I shot someone's sweet Fluffy! And if it were my sweet Fluffy, I would be beside myself! I think they should stick with the catch, fix and release plan. Although, my Maya was a stray that was caught, fixed and sheltered! I am so glad they caught her and fixed her so that I could adopt her. I can't imagine my life without her. Although, I suppose, I would have adopted another cat in need if she weren't available. Also, the point about the rats and mice taking over if there were cats to hunt them is quite valid. What other natural predators are there for rats and mice? Maybe owls? Anyway, I applaud the people who pay for the catch, fix and release program.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
8 Sep 10
One problem I see too though if this legislation does go through, it could encourage those who hate cats go on a hunting spree and it would be under the guise of being protected by a law like this...lets face it there are a lot of sickos out in the world
@GardenGerty (99194)
• United States
7 Sep 10
I think this is one more stupid and cruel thing being proposed by government. It will appeal to those who already hate cats or are afraid of them. As you pointed out, just the implication of the loss of control in the rodent population is frightening. My cats are indoor outdoor animals and do an excellent job keeping the mice out of my house. I have also had them cat a rat, and a squirrel as well as rabbits. When I did not have "mouser" cats, it was awful.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
8 Sep 10
As I mentioned to the person above you ever since the stray/feral cat population has gone down to near zero, there has been a rise in the rodent population. I can't help thinking that the people that cooked up this idea for legislation are cat haters, sure sounds like it
@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
7 Sep 10
That legislation is insane. In fact I don't even agree with hunting and killing "exotic" wildlife. Every animal has a right to a life. I can see protecting one's family, but just to kill an animal because it is legal to do so is wrong in my opinion.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
14 Sep 10
I also can't help thinking if this ridiculous legislation is passed that someone's pet cat is going to be accidentally shot. Yeah, I'm not too keen on hunting period
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@elmiko (6640)
• United States
7 Sep 10
personally i can't say i'm really against such a law like this since so many cats roam around not getting spayed and neutered by their owners. this obviously results in litter after litter of unwanted cats. it would definitely bring down the level of kittens that are just dumped on the side of the road in boxes because they are unwanted by irresponsible owners who don't get their cats spayed and neutered. if cats are roaming around the neighborhood or anywhere else i can almost guarantee their not spayed or neutered. cats that are fixed don't go far if at all from their owners home. i know this first hand because i have 5 cats.
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• United States
7 Sep 10
Don't you think it should be the people who pay, not the cats who get dumped? The cats are the victims. Some neutered or spayed cats are just adventurous or sometimes they can get lost for awhile. What if one of your cats wandered a little too far, got startled by some loud noise, and couldn't find its way back home? How would you feel about their safety if there was a law that allowed roaming cats to be shot?
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
8 Sep 10
I agree with spicysweetie21...even fixed cats can "roam" if their owners allow them too, or can escape--and I agree also, how would you feel that if such a law was passed that pet cats could become targets
• United States
8 Sep 10
This bill is dedicated to making feral cats an exotic classification. I will bet you dollars to donuts that not a one of those legislators have even seen a feral cat in all of their collective years on this earth. Becauuuuusssssseeee, Feral cats do not live withing eyes distance of humanity. They are a hard-caste system. they live, hunt, raise their young and finally die in secluded areas away from humanity. The only way you could be lucky enough to get close to one, is if you camp (unknowingly) in their habitat.Odds are, they will come close enough to observe you warily. they will not come out to your campfire and warm themselves right along with you. The only way one will ever get close enought to touch a feral cat, is if they trip over a cage containing a feral, marked for TNR. What people see and are calling FERALS, are Hard strays. They will live under your porch, occasionally have a litter there. but will run from you. They live amongst ua but preferr to set themselves at a safe distance from us. occasionally, one will allow you to touch them as you are their caregiver, providing them food and water. Hard strays are a true test tho of ones patience. Strays, are more than likely wat theyre after here. Strays are first generation outcasts from homes they have had at one time or another. These creatures will run up to you, strop your hand and even try to move in with you. Wayyyyyyyyy far away from wat a Feral cat REALLY is.
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Sep 10
I think the only time feral cats should be hunted is in situations such as the Galapagos, where the cats are endangering animals that exist there and nowhere else. In NJ, it just doesn't make sense.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
14 Sep 10
Is there a huge problem of feral cats in the Galapagos? I wasn't aware of it.
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Sep 10
There is, although I think goats and pigs are a worse problem.
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
8 Sep 10
I don’t think it is right to hunt any animal and I can see those who hate cats taking the opportunity to slaughter these poor creatures! Pet owners should not let their cats outside and should be responsible for their neutering. In Australia they are considering registering cats like dogs so that when cats are found the owners can be traced and fined if the cat was out during the night; that is if people bother to register their felines in the first place! I would put a stop to breeding for a while and see if more people will adopt from shelters. Being able to legally hunt and kill cats is cruel and wrong and chances are someone’s beloved pet will end being accidentally killed!
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
14 Sep 10
Yes I heard from another Australian about this idea of registering cats, and I think there's even going to be some kind of fee isn't there?
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@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
7 Sep 10
I'd like to see the means by which they could justify targetting feral cats as opposed to a domesticated one..and how they can be able to tell the difference at weapons range..are hunters going to have to add pet chip implant readers to their equipment,or would it simply be "shoot first and ask questions later"? As cats don't need licenses,what comeback can there be if "Tiddles" gets out of the house and "accidentally" gets blown away?
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
14 Sep 10
I can't help thinking that by passing such legislation is would give license for those who are cat haters in general the "legal" means to shoot cats
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
14 Sep 10
Agreed....
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@celticeagle (118231)
• Boise, Idaho
7 Sep 10
I read this item on Facebook. Very interesting. I cannot believe this could become a law. I remember there was a chinese place across the street from my favorite hangout and my friends and I would go there to eat. It had great food. One evening some guy made comment that they probably get cats from out in the alley. Ugh! I have grown up around cats (and dogs) and I can't imagine this. It is so bizarre. Like the wolf slaughter in my area. I was shocked that it came to that. Then the dolphin thing in Japan. It goes on and on. What is this world coming to? Animals have rights too. I can see the traditional deer hunt and such if people need food but these are cats. And how do these horrid hunters tell the difference between domestic cats and these supposed "exotic" cats? My daughter has always had cats. Several stay inside, some want to roam especially the toms. This really makes me think on several levels.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
9 Sep 10
I read so much and aware of a lot of atrocities against animals in general ever since my involvement with animal issues over at Facebook and can't understand the human species at times...like that big story about that woman who threw Lola, the cat in a bin and was caught in the act, or that girl tossing puppies in a river--so yeah,I have no idea what the world is coming to.
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@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
7 Sep 10
It would be horrible if this legislation were passed.! Even if cats are kept inside, they sometimes sneak out and then they could be shot by mistake. You shouldn't have to be afraid to let them out. I had a cat that would sneak out, but he would stay on the porch with me, but sometimes he would roam a little. When he did that, he would have been in danger. Some hunters dislike cats and would use any excuse to kill them. I watched the link you provided and some of the cats were so cute! I had one that looked just like Olive. All black with blue eyes, till he got older.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
14 Sep 10
A lot of people hate cats, and by passing such an insane law would give people practically "permission" to shoot cats, whether stray/feral or someone's pet
@BarBaraPrz (19822)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
7 Sep 10
Cats are NOT exotic wildlife to be hunted down and killed. We are the natural rulers of the world! That's what's really behind this legislation... =^..^=
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
14 Sep 10
I know it's beyond ridiculous that anyone would think of cats as being exotic wildlife
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@moondancer (7434)
• United States
7 Sep 10
I prefer TNR myself. A cat that has been turned lose by someone to fend for itself is not a wild cat and should not die nor should it's babies. This is a problem that people have caused the people without a heart and they should be the ones punished not the poor cats and kittens.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
9 Sep 10
Yes too many people dump cats/kittens they no longer want thinking that they can fend for themselves--if they're not fixed leads to more unwanted cats and eventual does lead to the feral type cat
@AmbiePam (49059)
• United States
7 Sep 10
That is a great point - that regular housecats, people's pets will be start to be killed because of that law, and anyone who gets caught will use it as an excuse.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
9 Sep 10
That's my thinking exactly...people will hide under the guise of such a law to give them license to kill cats...and just betting many would be cat haters--sounds like the people proposing this legislation are cat haters, right?
• United States
7 Sep 10
This is a really horrible proposed law for many reasons. I keep my cats indoors, but I have one who we call the "escape artist". If the door is open for a minute while he is awake and hyper, he will bolt like lightening out the door in the dark, he is a dark grey tabby so it is hard to see him in the dark. He is my oldest cat, I have had him since I was a little girl, the idea of him being shot because he is mistaken for a feral cat, would make me move out of New Jersey. I also have respect and caring for feral cats. It is not their fault that they ended up like that. It's our fault, so we as a society need to own up to our mistakes and make even more TNR programs, make spaying and neutering more affordable for everyone. My kitten Belle was a stray kitten I found and took in recently, if I hadn't rescued her if she survived, she would have been a feral cat. She is the sweetest thing ever, these people who want to pass this should see pictures of every adorable kitten or cat that could have become feral or was feral and then domesticated, and if they still want to shoot feral cats, then shame on them.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
8 Sep 10
In the past I too have taken in stray cats that could have wound up feral...they turned out to be the best companions going, since I think inwardly they knew how lucky they were to find a home and get, feel and know love Sounds to me that the people involved with this legislation are cat haters in general
@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Sep 10
pye I think this is insane and oppose it violently. if nothting else all cat lovers can just go out there and adopt one or more feral cats and slowly and kindly tame them and keep them inside. this slaughter is just plain stupid. this is not the answer at all.Also as you said there is an awful chance if that law passes that one'e own pet cat could get caught being outside and picked up and done away with. this is just too horrid to be allowed to be passed. something better has to be done aqnd done now.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
8 Sep 10
I'm hoping the different animal organizations voice their opposition to this--I'm also hoping the regular news media picks up on this story. I have a friend in NJ and she never ever heard about this until I brought it up