• Petitioned Utah State House

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Utah State House
State Rep. Curtis Oda

Say No To The Killing of Feral Animals

    1. Kathryn van Roosendaal
    2. Petition by

      Kathryn van Roosendaal

      Ivins, UT

February 2011


Utah State Rep. Curt Oda introduced a bill that would allow people to shoot or "humanely kill" any animal that they believed to be feral. Animal activists in the state and across the country -- including the Humane Society of Utah, Best Friends Animal Society and more than 3,500 Change.org community members -- were concerned that not only was this an ineffective way to control feral animal populations, but it opened the door to animal abuse. The House Judiciary Committee agreed and stripped all the language from the bill that would legitimize killing feral animals, except for one line which allowed shooting to "prevent injury or death."

Utah Rep. Curt Oda, R-Clearfield, wants to change the state’s animal cruelty law to make it legal to shoot and kill feral animals. This would include not only pigeons and doves, but also feral cats and stray dogs.

Shooting is singled out as an acceptable method in his bill, but Oda said other means that would be allowed include using a bow and arrow, clubbing or decapitating some animals. According to Oda, no-kill methods, such as relocation or catch, neuter and release, are less efficient and more expensive.

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." It does not specify that only law enforcement or peace officers are allowed to kill the animals. Instead, any member of the public may kill an animal they believe to be feral, be it a true feral cat or simply a family pet who likes to prowl outside. And how is it humane or acceptable to shoot, club or decapitate any animal, let alone a cat or dog?

Add your voice and just say no to this amendment to the Animal Cruelty Act.

Recent signatures


    1. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Victory! Yesterday, the committee gutted this bill, pulling out all language relating to feral animals, and leaving in only one line allowing for the shooting of animals to "prevent injury or death."

    2. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      This bill has been assigned to committee. Please keep signing and sharing to stop it from getting any further!

    3. Reached 3 signatures
    4. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Stephen Colbert featured this absurd bill on The Colbert Report last week:

    5. Utah Bill Declares Open Season on Feral Animals

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      If you live in Utah, you might want to keep a shorter leash on your pet. A new bill (H.B. 210) sponsored by Republican Representative Curt Oda (R-Clearfield) would legalize "the humane shooting or killing of an animal if the person doing the shooting...


    Reasons for signing

      • over 3 years ago

      Is there a problem with the human gene pool in that town?? More human specimens of dubious bloodline…EUTHANASIA, THE ANSWER TO THE HUMAN GENE POOL MUTATION PROBLEM!

      It is humans that are messing up this planet not the animals, so have the guts to pick on the perpetrators not the victims. Life must be tough living without a spine.

      Sheesh and we call these people leaders !!!!

    • Susan Roberts SOUTH LYON, MI
      • over 3 years ago

      Please look around at what other areas have done to help control unwanted feral populations. Catch and Kill has proven ineffective and more expensive when it comes to animal control, not less. Allowing the general public to kill animals without license, particularly companion animals, will only compound the problem and will encourage anti-social or disturbing behavior. This is certainly not the kind of area that I would want my family to live in.

    • kate zalusky BEAUFORT, SC
      • over 3 years ago

      I'm speechless. This is the definition of animal cruelty.

    • Elizabeth Patterson BOYNTON BEACH, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      please leave the feral cats alone too! just leave the feral animals alone and peaceful without killing... it made me sick! its cruel to hurt the poor feral animals!

    • rita schuettinger SUOTH HAMPTON, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      with respect rep oda should do his homework.it's not only more humane,but in the long run more cost effective.it also takes the risk of killing a pet out of the equation.


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