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Bill Would Permit Shooting Dogs & Cats

Utah Republican lawmaker Curt Oda has introduced a bill that will allow the public to humanly shoot to kill animals that they believe to be feral.
Utah Republican lawmaker Curt Oda has introduced a bill that will allow the public to humanly shoot to kill animals that they believe to be feral. Lets discuss a couple of reasons why this bill is idiotic and ridiculous. (Please know that we do not agree with killing animals just because they live on the street)

*How does the public distinguish between a feral cat and an cat who lives up the street? How do they know the dog they are shooting isn't an elderly dog who is out on a bathroom stroll? A timid/mean cat could just be a jaded cat who doesn't want to be touched, this doesn't mean it has no home or no life of her own!

*The public is not trained for shoot to kill situations. Animals are going to get shot, then run and die a horrible slow and painful death. This bill is just going to give an excuse for idiots to cruise around town in the back of a pickup truck LOOKING for animals to shoot. I mean, why not, they had reasonable suspicion that it may have been feral.

These arguments are sound-proof, but I guess Curt Oda doesn't care. This is a horrible and cruel bill in so many ways and needs to be stopped. Please give Curt Oda a call and let him know that this proposal is cruel and NOT the most effective way of controlling feral animals. Urge him to support education on spaying/neutering and trap-neuter-release programs like this one already up and running in Utah!

Cell # 801-898-6875
Home # 801-773-9796
House of Reps # 801-538-1029
Email  Coda@utah.gov

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 http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=148&sid=13997075

Protect Endangered Species 16.Jan.2011 10:09

The Ridgerunner

Let me tell the other side to the story. Its pretty simple really. Estimates put the Feral Cat population at 70 million. Its also estimated that each year domestic and feral cats kill hundreds of millions of birds, and more than a billion small mammals, such as rabbits, squirrels, and chipmunks. A lot of these bird species are either threatened or endangered. These animals do not belong in the ecosystem. We as humans created the problem and now there has to be a solution. Its a shape they have to be eliminated in this way but domesticated animals were basically genetically engineered by us to be our little companions and helpers, not to upset fragile ecosystems.