Say No To The Killing of Feral Animals
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.
- State Representative
- Utah State House
We, the undersigned, are opposed to House Bill 210, the amendment to the Animal Cruelty Act. We believe that killing feral animals is not humane and is not an effective way to control feral populations.
According to studies by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the American Humane Society, eradication is not an effective way to control feral animals. Studies show that killing the animals provides a "vacuum" in a feral colony - whether it is a cat colony, a pack of stray dogs or a flock of pigeons. New animals will move in to fill that vacuum until an equilibrium is reached.
The ASPCA endorses Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) as the only proven humane and effective method to manage feral cat colonies and other populations of feral animals. And HSU Executive Director Gene Baierschmidt claims “the public is not trained to determine whether an animal is feral. Thereʼs going to be situations where people could be accidentally killing other peopleʼs pets. It gives alot of of leeway and opens the door for alot of abuse to take place. We believe this bill, as written, is archaic and inhumane. If passed, the amendments called for in this bill would declare ʻopen seasonʼ on Utahʼs feral cat population. Many have worked tirelessly to develop trap, neuter and release programs which allow these cats to live out their lives without reproducing.”
Stop this bill. It is not humane and it is not the answer to Utah's feral animal problem.
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