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Petitioning Assistant to the Chancellor Michelle Waite and 19 others

Tell University Of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Shooting Cats is Not Humane

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension has published a document entitled: Feral Cats and Their Management. Instead of embracing humane measures that work, Scott Hygnstrom, vertebrate pest specialist, Stephen Vantasssel, wildlife damage project coordinator, and Aaron Hildreth, project technician published a "how to" guide for killing cats. Their statements are not supported by the existing academic literature or experiences of municipalities across the country.

The bottom line is that the University of Nebraska should not be advocating shooting cats. Cats are pets, not pests as the University contends. In many states, killing cats is considered aggravated cruelty and is a felony.

Please let the University know that pet lovers across the country are outraged by the pseudoscience involved in this report. 

Ask the University to retract the report and remove it from their website.

Letter to
Assistant to the Chancellor Michelle Waite
Associate to the Chancellor William Nunez
Associate Dean & Associate Director, UNL Extension Division Beth Birnsthihl
and 17 others
Dean & Director, UNL Extension Division Elbert Dickey
Associate Dean & Associate Director Debora Hamernik
Dean Marjorie Kostelnik
Faculty & Staff Development Coordinator Linda Tempel
Associate Dean David Jackson
Department Head, Animal Science Larry Berger
Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Research Steve Waller
Assistant Vice Chancellor Alan Moeller
Chancellor Harvey Perlman
Vice President of Agriculture Ronnie Green
director, school of natural resources Don Wilhite
wildlife damage project coordinator Stephen Vantassel
project technician Aaron Hildreth
vertebrate pest specialist Scott Hygnstrom
Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research ZB Mayo
Department Head, School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Science David Hardin
Interim Dean & Director, Agricultural Research Division Susan Fritz
I am outraged at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension's published report entitled "Feral Cats and Their Management." The report uses psuedo-science to adovocate for the wholesale destruction of free-roaming cats.

According to Dr. Frank McMillian, DVMA, ACVIM, of Best Friends Animal Society, the circular uses every known propaganda technique in discussing the issues. It even labels cats as "pests."

It is unconscionable that three pages of the University's document goes into great detail about how to kill cats, including shooting a cat between its eyes, using padded jaw foothold traps, chemical injection, and asphyixiation. In many states, many of these inhumane methods would be considered aggravated cruelty and the perpetrator could be charged with a felony.

I urge you to retract this report and remove it from your website. Cats are pets not pests. I expect more than a biased report from the University of Nebraska.