Saturday, January 29, 2011
Say No To Killing Feral Animals
Those of you who watch The Colbert Report may have seen this segment about legislation proposed by Utah Representative Curt Oda to allow shooting and killing feral animals, including cats and dogs.
The bill specifically allows "the humane shooting or killing of an animal if the person doing the shooting or killing has a reasonable belief that the animal is a feral animal." Shooting is singled out as an acceptable method in the bill, but Oda has stated that other methods include using a bow and arrow, clubbing or decapitating the animals.
In addition, the bill does not specify that only law enforcement or animal control officers are allowed to kill the animals. Instead, any member of the public may kill an animal they believe to be feral, which puts lost pets in jeopardy too.
According to Oda, no-kill methods, such as Trap-Neuter-Return programs, are less efficient and more expensive, yet groups like ASPCA and Alley Cat Allies maintain that TNR is the only proven way to control feral cat populations. No More Homeless Pets In Utah, a program of Best Friends Animal Society, is dedicated to helping feral cats within the state.
Please sign this petition to let Representative Oda know that you do not support the bill and believe that killing feral animals is not a humane or effective way to control feral populations. You can also help by sharing the link on your blog, facebook profile or twitter.