The Pink Flamingo does not believe in boycotts, but I think it is time to write off the state of New Jersey as evil beyond redemption. In the towns of Morristown, Mount Olive, Netcong, Booton, and Randolph, cats could be considered feral and available for big brave pervert hunters to shoot on sight.
Through-out history, when times become tough, idiots in society decide they must kill cats. Evidently this is what is happening in New Jersey!
In other words, if we kill our cats the damn songbirds can survive. Sorry, but I am a cat person. Looks to The Pink Flamingo that the evil doers are the American Bird Conservancy! The whole policy is anti-cat! (SO WHAT!)
“...There are more than 90 million pet cats in the U.S., the majority of which roam outside at least part of the time. In addition, millions of stray and feral cats roam our cities, suburbs, and rural areas. Scientists estimate that free-roaming cats kill hundreds of millions of birds, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians each year. Cat predation is an added stress to wildlife populations already struggling to survive habitat loss, pollution, pesticides, and other human impacts (see: Domestic Cat Predation On Birds And Other Wildlife). Free-roaming cats are also exposed to injury, disease, parasites, getting hit by cars, or becoming lost, stolen, or poisoned. Millions of domestic cats are euthanized each year because there are not enough homes for them. Cats can also transmit diseases and parasites such as rabies, cat-scratch fever, and toxoplasmosis to other cats, wildlife or people (see: The Great Outdoors Is No Place For Cats)….”
The Pink Flamingo Kitties are NOT allowed outdoors. (No matter how much they might beg to go out – on the screened in balcony!)
This is just plain sick:
“…The state Fish and Game Council has condemned the idea of leaving cats in the wild and now another committee that reports to the state Department of Environmental Protection is studying the issue of TNR programs.
“Nothing has happened or been proposed so far,” said Michelle Lerner, who works with the Animal Protection League of New Jersey and helped start a TNR program in Mount Olive last summer. “We are trying to work with state agencies to make sure this ridiculous proposal does not see the light of day.”
In a letter sent earlier this month to DEP officials, the APL and seven other groups, including the Humane Society of the United States and the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, protested any effort to reclassify cats. Such a reclassification could bring an end to TNR programs like those in Morristown, Mount Olive, Netcong, Boonton and Randolph, and could allow hunters to shoot cats.
Some members of the state Fish and Game Council have brought up the issue of feral cats at several meetings, dating back to May 2007, when the council voted unanimously on a resolution stating that feral cats do not belong in the wild.
Council member Leonard Wolgast was the sponsor of the resolution and has brought the issue of feral cats up at several council meetings. Some animal activists have questioned whether he should be allowed to participate in such discussions at all because he is listed as owner of the East Brunswick property where Blumig Kennel, which they say is owned and operated by his wife’s family, is located. That kennel contracts with several communities in Central Jersey to pick up and euthanize cats….Jeannette Vreeland, acting chair of the Fish and Game Council, asked in 2007 if feral cats could be added to the list of animals that could be hunted, according to council meeting minutes. This week she defended the 2007 resolution.
“When a cat is left to roam outside the house it becomes a character who kills birds and small mammals — rabbits, chipmunks,” she said on Thursday. “It’s really not a natural, native animal. They are exotic and not meant to be outdoors.”
Assistant DEP Commissioner Amy Cradic said this week she could not comment on the specifics of the animal groups’ concerns because she had just received their letter.
“We did receive a letter from multiple groups asking for a meeting and we are working to set that up,” Cradic said on Friday.
No action by the council is expected before a recommendation from an ad hoc committee of the DEP’s Endangered Nongame Species Advisory Committee. That group, of which council meeting minutes indicate Wolgast is a member, is looking more closely at TNR programs and is supposed to recommend whether these should be supported or opposed. Its next meeting is in April….Payne said her group has trapped and fixed 948 cats and reduced the overall feral cat population in Morristown by more than three quarters. When the group started, as many as 30 cats a year were being brought to the shelter; last year, only one went there.
“So there are 800 cats not on the street caterwauling at night, defecating on laws, males spraying,” Payne said. “Best of all, there are no more kittens out there suffering.”
TNR groups usually move the cats and then set up feeding stations and then manage the colony.
Various estimates put the number of stray and feral cats nationwide from 13 million to 100 million. Some say that leaving feral cats in the wild puts birds and other wildlife at risk.
“One billion songbirds, that’s the number (feral cats) take in a year’s time,” said Vreeland. “That’s very much our concern. Everyone loves songbirds.”
Animal activists dispute that number and the American Bird Conservancy puts it at half that. But they don’t deny that cats do kill birds. The debate is over the best way to deal with feral cats.
“They can have rabies, they flood shelters with babies, there are smells and odors, they do kill wildlife, There are tons of consequences,” said Bryan Kortis, executive director of the New York-based group Neighborhood Cats. “So how do we reduce their numbers?” He said such strategies as euthanasia alone and banning the feeding of wild cats has not worked. But education programs along with TNR have proven very successful over time, he said….”