Hawaii’s House and Senate are hearing bills that put community cats at risk and violate citizens’ privacy. House Bills 606 and 454 and Senate Bill 637 allow the state to enter private properties and eradicate who they deem pests, which includes community cats, in non-humane ways.
Unfortunately, the next step for bill 606 is for Gov. David Ige to sign or veto the legislation. We urge our supporters to contact Gov. Ige at 808-586-0034 and tell him you vehemently oppose any legislation that discourages humane treatment of America’s favorite animal.
The Department of Agriculture or the county will give the resident five days notice “to enter the property for the control or eradication of a pest,” according to the bill, whether the resident likes it or not.
Invading people's’ homes and properties would fail to get to the root of overpopulation. Cat populations can be managed with Trap-Neuter-Return, as proved by an Alley Cat Rescue Survey that found more than 50 percent of feeders cared for colonies less than 20 with the help of TNR in 2016. Before TNR was as prevalent, in 2012, only 35 percent of feeders cared for colonies less than 20.
Officials who eradicate feral cats don’t consider that once they eliminate a colony, another will take its place. If there are still cats who aren’t spayed and neutered, they will simply replace an eradicated colony with its own population. It’s an endless, fruitless cycle that harms human and cat lives.
But Hawaii has considered TNR as well. House Bill 191 would establish feral cat overpopulation programs in high schools, which includes TNR, the most effective and humane way to reduce feral cat populations. House Bill 122 similarly supports TNR and would allot government money toward TNR.
Though bills 191 and 122 aren’t close to reaching the governor’s desk, they properly address community cat populations, and Hawaii’s House should further consider them.
Perhaps Hawaii’s government should listen to their own Invasive Species Council when it suggests to spay and neuter cats to help manage the population, rather than inhumanely eradicate community cats.
To act, mail Gov. Ige at:
Office of the Governor
The Honorable David Y. Ige
Governor, State of Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
8/4/2017 08:04:53 am
What is wrong with you? Leave the animals alone.
10/20/2017 08:33:40 am
so many good things we have to do and why the decision to destroy lives?
8/4/2017 08:47:36 am
This proposal is ridiculously cultus and counter productive to your goal. Try tnr. It s much more HUMANE.
8/4/2017 04:53:59 pm
Instead of hurting innocent Cat wanted to get your head out of your ass and make people spay and neuter! Leave these innocent animals alone and start spaying and neutering!
9/10/2017 10:39:30 pm
It is said that a society is as strong as it's weakest Link. I would think that inhuman treatment of our pets says a lot about this society. How far has are government gone down hill. Lets not go down this terrible path. Tell the Gov. not to sign this bill. We have turned many a faril cat into our pets. Notched or not many of them are now loved and cared for pets. Be careful about giving up your freedom of property rights. Remember that Big Brother always wants more.
10/4/2017 11:30:09 am
TNR is the ONLY way to solve the dilemma of outdoor cats, plus reminding owners not to let their indoor cats out at night. We have a family of five ferals...parents & their 3 kittens who are 4 years old now plus one,thought to be feral, but had an unanswered chip. They're delightful. I've TNR'd others who were not feral-just homeless and beautiful. This proposed seek and kill intrusion in Hawaii is an unjust, inhumane, unworkable indication of the evil degradation of America.
10/5/2017 04:00:55 pm
TNR. Listen to your own invasive species council,
10/11/2017 10:07:41 am
Dear Honorable Ige:
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