Stop Breed Discrimination: Leave California's Hybrid Cats Alone
  • Petitioned Charlton H. Bonham

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California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Charlton H. Bonham

Stop Breed Discrimination: Leave California's Hybrid Cats Alone

    1. Lauren Miller
    2. Petition by

      Lauren Miller

      Coto de Caza, CA

The Animal Legal Defense Fund and other animal activist groups are currently petitioning and asking California Fish and Wildlife to regulate all hybrid cat breeds which they dub “FRANKEN-CATS.' These groups believe that hybrid cats are in some way a danger to public health and California's natural environment. They believe that people want to keep these amazing breeds as accesories. However, people choose to make these cats companions because of their naturally friendly personalities and active lifestyles. Many of these cats even enjoy being in water.

Extremist groups like the Animal Legal Defense Fund believe that hybrid breeds including savannahs, bengals, chausies, and caracats are extremely dangerous and do not belong in a household. However, many hybrid owners would completely disagree. Facts show that even with the increased popularity of these breeds, attacks by hybrid cats on children, adults, or other animals are unheard of. They also do not carry any deadly diseases. 

These groups states that if hybrid cats get loose, they could breed with feral cats and create a new problem. Hybrid breeds pose little threat to the natural environment. Typically hybrid males F1-F4 (first to four generations from the wild) are sterile and cannot breed in the wild. Many of these animals are leash trained and spend their time outdoors on a leash or a harness. There are thousands of hybrid cats in the state of California and there have been no reported problems of individuals releasing their cats into the wild.

Many animal rights groups are also concerned that by allowing the breeding and ownership of hybrid cats to become popular, it will deter families from adopting therefore contrubuting to the surplus of animals in shelters. I can assure you that this is not true. Many hybrid cat owners have other family pets including dogs and non-hybrid cats. I can imagine that many of these animals are shelter pets. Countless videos posted on social media sites like YouTube and Instagram show hybrid cats interacting with their owners' other family pets. It is unfair for some groups and individals to blame hybrid owners for the number of animals in shelters. Neglect, abuse, and lack of commitment are the reasons why animals exist in shelters. Responsible hybrid breeders and owners have made no contribution to this problem. Hybrid cat rescues are also slowly becoming popular in the case that someone can no longer take care of their animal. 

On their website, the ALDF states that their goal is to advance animal interests, stop animal cruelty, and educate the public. Born Free USA aims to end the suffering of all wild animals in captivity. Every group that is petitioning against hybrid cats wants to "be their voice," but how can they if they do not even know them? How can they speak for animals they know nothing about? 

Big Cat Rescue has deemed all hybrid fanciers, owners, and breeder "animal abusers." They have recently begun making false statements saying that they have legitimate proof that hybrid cats are bred in cruel "mill-like" conditions. Many concerned hybrid owners, breeders, cat experts, and hybrid fanciers are also confused by some of the statements they have made concerning their petition. Big Cat Rescue recently stated that all hybrids residing in the state would be grandfathered. However, according their petition, it would only granfather in hybrids that are neutered and have proof that they are at least four generations from the wild. What will happen to all early generation cats? These animals will likely be confiscated and sent to wildcat sanctuaries. It would be cruel to take an animal that has been raised in a social family environment and knows nothing else outside of that enviroment and throw it in an enclosure where it will have little to no human contact for the remainder of its life. These cats unfortunately will be the lucky ones. Many wildcat sanctuaries have little to no room and would be unable to take in thousands of perfectly friendly early generation hybrids. The remainder and majority of these animals will be euthanized. 

Hybrid cats have and never will pose a threat to the State of California. They are 100% domestic TICA Registered breeds that are handraised and socialized by caring breeders and families. If you know nothing about hybrids breeds including savannahs, bengals, chausies, and caracats, please consider meeting and spending some time with a few. It is not wise to judge an animal with out any experience with them. Regulating these animals and even making them illegal to own will only create more homeless and deceased animals. These are highly social animals that have done nothing to deserve being regulated and banned. Hybrid fanciers deserve the right to present their side of the story. Please do not choose to discriminate against such amazing, family friendly breeds and let them live happy lives with their responsible human companions. 

 

To:
Charlton H. Bonham, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Stop Breed Discrimination: Leave California's Hybrid Cats Alone

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. WE WON!

      Lauren Miller
      Petition Organizer

      We did it! On October 8th California's Department of Fish and Wildlife made the decision to reject the petition to regulate hybrid cats within the state of California!

    2. We have reached 3,500 signatures

      Lauren Miller
      Petition Organizer

      Hi everyone! We as of today we have a total of 3,587 signatures! Let's aim for 5,000! Please continue to share!

    3. Reached 3,000 signatures
    4. Write to the Senate!!!

      Lauren Miller
      Petition Organizer

      I wanted to stress with legislative issues like this we need to encourage people to also write letters, old-fashioned snail mail letters, and even faxes. The most effective tool for influencing legislation is the phone - that is the first thing legislators ask in the morning, who has called and what was the topic? The next thing they look at is the size of the pile of letters and faxes on their desk. It is easy to send an e-mail but those are opened by assistants and usually all that is reported to the person in charge is the numbers. The visual impact of a stack of paper is much, much stronger than a report from an assistant saying X number of e-mails were received. It doesn't make much sense, but it's true. A stack of paper means a lot more than a list of e-mails. Petitions are at the bottom of the list in terms of effectiveness. They are important, absolutely, but writing letters and making phone calls is most often what sways decision-makers. In your letters, go through the petition submitted by the opposition and refute what they say, point by point, with facts to back up each point. Include pictures of your cats with you, your family, your children, and your other pets. You can use links in e-mail, but it's better to set up bullet points with references, and this is the format you should use for snail mail letters as well. Give the decision maker all the information needed in a format that can be compared to the information he has in an orderly, simple to read way. He needs to be able to compare apples to apples, so-to-speak. Imagine him sitting at his desk with the petition and your letter both in front of him - he needs to be able to look at their first point, then look at your letter and see the rebuttal to that point.
      I think we need to mail this, fax it, e-mail it and deliver a hard copy to the hearing. Having a very well behaved and used-to-the-public cat at the hearing together with our signed petition of signatures, voices and media -- we can all crush this.
      My worries are the public does not want to get involved for fear of knowing that their cats could be confiscated. We all fear that but we need to deliver a message that we need to come together! Make these letters AS PERSONAL as you can. Include pictures of your cats with you, your family, your children, and your other pets.
      Remember, you cannot afford to say "someone will call" or "they will write letters." YOU are "they" and can help make a huge impact. We cannot afford to lose this battle.

      Charlton H. Bonham, Director
      California Department of Fish and Wildlife 1416 Ninth Street, 12th Floor
      Sacramento, CA 95814
      Email: director@wildlife.ca.gov
      CC: Karen Ross, Secretary
      California Department of Food and Agriculture 1220 N Street
      Sacramento, CA 95814
      Email: secretary.ross@cdfa.ca.gov
      June 26, 2014
      Mike Sutton, President
      California Fish and Game Commission 1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1320 Sacramento, CA 95814
      Email: fgc@fgc.ca.gov

      Remember these letters need to to be sent by MAIL and not by email!

    5. Reached 1,000 signatures
    6. HOW YOUR CATS CAN HELP!!!

      Lauren Miller
      Petition Organizer

      Many hybrid owners have leash-trained cats. If you have a leash-trained cat, take him/her/them out to a public place! I can GUARANTEE you people will ask about them and will want to interact with them! Show the world that they are NOT wild animals! Print out a copy of the petition and carry it with you! You may get a few signatures!

    7. Reached 750 signatures
    8. IMPORTANT INFO!!!!

      Lauren Miller
      Petition Organizer

      Attention supporters! There is a F&W Commision Meeting at the DoubleTree by Hilton Golf Resort, San Diego. Keep you day free! We need as many people there as we can get! Please spread the word!

      Address: 14455 Penasquitos Drive, San Diego, CA

    9. Reached 500 signatures
    10. FB Group

      Lauren Miller
      Petition Organizer

      Attention supporters! We are now on Facebook! Please join and feel free to share photos and videos of your cats doing what they do best!

      https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=265151480358057

    11. Reached 250 signatures
    12. Comments

      Lauren Miller
      Petition Organizer

      Hi everyone! Feel free to share your amazing experiences with hybrid cats! However, please do not promote the discrimination of other pet breeds that have been negatively stereotyped by the media (pitbulls etc). Remember that every animal has a different upbringing and many make loyal and loving family pets! Keep the comments coming and thank you for your support!

    13. Reached 200 signatures
    14. We have just reached 100 signatures!

      Lauren Miller
      Petition Organizer

      Please share in any way you can to help recruit more supporters! Every signature can help make a difference!

    15. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Barbara Hoffmann ATLANTA, TX
      • 11 days ago

      Leave ALL animals alone!!! Stop the Bans!!!

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    • john pedroni SACRAMENTO, CA
      • 13 days ago

      Im a Bengal owner and this is a joke what a loving cat. This is being done by idiots in my opion.

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    • Albert J Ingalls EL DORADO HILLS, CA
      • 14 days ago

      These extraordinary cats are being completely misrepresented. Have been a Chausie owner. Most intelligent loving pet I have ever had!!!!!

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    • Sandra Miro OXFORD, CT
      • 15 days ago

      i have a savannah and Bengal. I grew up with cats and these are by far the friendliest I've ever owned.

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    • Haley Kathrein BARNESVILLE, GA
      • 15 days ago

      Interference with responsible animal ownership and the responsible breeding of domesticated animals is counterproductive and irresponsible.

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