NY Introduces Feral Cat Bill But Peta Wants Cats Dead
According to PETA all animals and that includes Cats, have rights, which to PETA's thinking includes the Right to die at their hands.
PETA demands the slaughter of these innocent animals. "It's so absurd. I don't know what these people are thinking. Feral cats are, in ecological terms, correctly defined as an invasive species," said Chuck Parker, of Mexico, president of the New York State Conservation Council, who wrote on behalf of the council. "Ideally, feral cat populations should be eliminated completely.
At the very least, any feeding or maintenance activities should be discouraged; and programs to educate pet owners and discourage activities that support feral populations should be undertaken."
Supporters of the legislation disagree. They cite studies and situations in various parts of the state where the "trap-neuter-vaccinate –release" (TNVR) model has had success.
"Just killing them is not the answer. It's not humane and it does not work. A vacuum occurs and other cats fill the spaces. It doesn't get rid of the reproductive aspect of feral cat colonies," said Libby Post, executive director of the New York State Animal Protection Federation, which describes itself as "The Voice of NY's humane societies and SPCAs as well as not-for-profit and municipal animal shelters."
The legislation is sponsored by Assemblyman John McDonald, D-Cohoes, (AB 2778) and Republican state Sen. Kathy Marchione, R-Halfmoon (S 1081).
The legislation would amend the state's Agriculture and Markets Law, allowing for the submittal of proposals from non-profit entities to administer such programs. These entities, once approved by state Ag and Markets, would then enter into a contract with the state for a term of five years, which may be renewed if shown to be effective.
Advocates for the bill, include the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Humane Society of the United States, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, New York State Conference of Mayors, County Health Officials of New York State, New York City Bar Association, the Mayor's Alliance for New York City's Animals and the New York State Animal Protection Federation.
Money from the program would come from state Animal Population Control Program, which was set up to assist low-come citizens with the cost of spaying and neutering their pets. Funds for the program are generated by dog license fees. Last year some $1 million was raised. The feral cat legislation, if passed, would take about 20 percent of the money raised annually.
Post said "direct costs" to hire a professional to trap and kill a feral cat vary from $100 to $125 per animal. She said the TNVR approach comes to about $35 to $55 per cat, sometimes with veterinarians donating their services. She noted there is already a network of volunteer efforts across the state using the TNVR model and that this legislation would "bolster" their efforts.
Critics of the legislation also cite studies and figures. They question the effectiveness and follow-through of TNVR programs, note that feral cats present a public health risk and have a negative impact on the environment and other wildlife – and that the legislation would undermine the intent of the Animal Population Control Program.
"The money would instead of use to fund "groups and individuals who participate in the hobby of trapping, neutering and re-abandoning homeless cats to fend for themselves on the streets," said Teresa Chagrin, a spokesperson for PETA.
Amazingly, PETA demands that we respect all animals and time after time PETA reminds us how Humans are NOT the master of any animal. PETA would like nothing more than to do away with Pets because as their Nazism dictates "We are somehow subjecting and enslaving our pets to us and they should have the right to live their lives without masters" But, PETA also believes that they have the right to catch these innocent cats and kill them?
Killing a race because they were somehow a burden or because they would actually be "Rescued" from this mean world is exactly how Adolf Hitler felt. PETA is not unlike Nazi Germany in it's thinking.