I received an email alert from Alley Cats. They are trying to stop Illinois H. B. 2703, which basically gives animal control officers the right to pick up any “loose” cat and transport them to a shelter where they will probably be murdered. The bill is supported by animal control officers thorughout the state. They have hired a lobbyist to help them pass the bill.
Last year these people killed 60,673 cats, and only returned 2,991 to their owners.
The bill also targets EVERY feral cat in the state.
“…I’m sure you can see why this is so incredibly dangerous. Impounding cats means bringing them to the shelter, where their fates are uncertain. Just last year, Alley Cat Allies used the Freedom of Information Act to collect information on the outcomes of cats who entered Illinois shelters in 2008. The numbers were disturbing: animal pounds and shelters killed 60,673 cats. And only 2,991 cats were returned to their owners.
We simply can’t let this bill pass. Not only would pet cats found outdoors be in danger, but so would every single stray and feral cat living in the state. And in addition to the “at large” provision, the bill targets many parts of Illinois law favorable to feral cats and their caregivers…”
Alley Cats is taking donations to fight this horrible bill. They are a 5 Star Charity.