On September 7th and 8th, 2013, officials in South Newton Township, PA plan to bait, trap, then euthanize the feral cats in their town.
Their plan was put into place after a young child was attacked by a cat that was rabid. The child is fine, but the township’s drastic action against all feral cats is not. Even if the feral cats they trap do not have rabies, they still will be killed.
If pet cats are outside on those days, they may be rounded up and killed, too.
Cat advocate group Alley Cat Allies has stepped up to help the South Newton Township feral cats. They sent a letter to the township’s supervisors, (who are also the targets of this petition). Alley Cat Allies offered to provide a free rabies vaccination clinic for South Newton Township animals, if the township’s leaders would retract their proposal to trap and kill the cats.
Their letter recommends using the best approach on the feral cats, Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), where feral cats are vaccinated against rabies, spayed or neutered, then returned to their colonies to live peacefully and in good health. Killing the cats will not protect the public from the threat of rabies. And according to the CDC, there hasn't been a single confirmed case of cat-to-human rabies transmission in nearly 40 years.
Please sign this petition, to let the township supervisors know that you are against killing feral cats, and that they should work with Alley Cat Allies to save the cats.
We have so little time - only a few weeks - to gather as many signatures as possible before sending the petition to the target. And the cats there may have so little time left. Please share this petition.
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