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Tuesday, March 08, 2005
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It looks like hunting cats may become legal in Wisconsin...that is if this proposal passes. And it looks like some people are a little "upset" about that.
"It's entirely cruel behavior to have an open season on cats. Just because a cat doesn't have a collar doesn't mean a cat has no owners," said Jessica Frohman, community outreach and policy coordinator for Alley Cat Allies, a group which espouses no-kill methods of controlling wild felines.
Well, I don't have much to say on this topic (I'm not exactly a lover of the feline species) but it probably goes to show how ridiculous some laws have become.
The cat proposal, simply put, would reclassify free roaming, domestic feral cats as an "unprotected species" that could then be shot by anyone with a license to hunt small game. The rationale is that wild cats prey on songbirds in disproportionate numbers.
The cat hunting proposal had its origin with Mark Smith of La Crosse, Wisconsin, who could not be reached for comment. He said in an interview published in the La Crosse Tribune recently that he was not anti-feline but "If you open the door and kick your cat out at night you've changed its status."
Opposition is proposing trapping the felines, neutering them, then re-releasing them into the wild again. Although I think (and I bet any cat would agree with me on this) that it would be better to have your cat "leave this world" then have the "snip-snip" happen upon any of them. Wouldn't you?
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