View Full Version : Proposal to make it legal to SHOOT free-roaming cats!

04-14-2005, 08:26 PM
This came to me in a recent ALERT email:

You may have heard about the proposal in Wisconsin that would allow it to be legal to shoot free roaming cats.

In Wisconsin, any individual is able to propose questions to those who attend the annual Conservation Congress hearings. Wisconsin resident Mark Smith proposed that free roaming cats be removed from the protected species list, which would make it legal to shoot them. This issue was discussed at the meetings in each county on Monday night. This is NOT yet a law that will be going into effect.

Even though there were more yes votes than no votes at the meetings on Monday, they was just a small percentage of Wisconsin residents and in by no means a representation of the views of the entire state. The results of the Spring Hearings are forwarded to the Natural Resources Board and Department of Natural Resources for further consideration following the statewide recommendations from the Conservation Congress at its annual meeting. The State Legislature would then need to pass legislation to implement this proposal. And then the Legislature would ultimately decide this issue.

When we, as well as many of you, contacted officials in Wisconsin about this situation, they responded with a resounding “no” when asked if such a law would be passed in their state.

Jim Holperin, Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Tourism responded saying “No bill or any other proposal to allow shooting of cats, wild

(feral) or domestic has ever been advanced in Wisconsin, nor will one be. No legislator would be foolhardy enough to author such a measure. Cats are safe here. Regardless of the Conservation Congress outcome, however, that vote is only advisory. It does not have the force of law.”

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary assures it won't be open season on stray cats in the state. Secretary Scott Hassett says that will be the case regardless of how residents voted on such a proposal. Hassett says there are too many unanswered questions and problems associated with killing roaming cats.

For background information on this situation please visit Alley Cat Allies at http://www.alleycat.org/wi.html

Make sure to visit http://www.dontshootthecat.com to keep up-to-date on this issue.

04-21-2005, 06:51 PM
The good news from Wisconsin is that the governor of the state says any plan
to turn homeless, lost, or stray cats into fair game for hunters is going
nowhere. "I don't think Wisconsin should become known as a state where we
shoot cats," said Gov. Jim Doyle, who neither hunts nor owns a cat. "What it
does is sort of hold us up as a state that everybody is kind of laughing at
right now."

The move to reclassify cats as an "unprotected" species has been making
national news all over the country for several weeks now.

Thanks to the governor and other legislators, the cats will probably be OK.
there's a third question that no one seems to be asking. When people say they
want to reclassify homeless cats as an unprotected species, it means they want
to put them in the same category as skunks, raccoons, possums, and other
wildlife that people are allowed to go out and take pot shots at as the fancy
takes them. But what makes it OK to use these other small, helpless critters
as target practice?

Certainly, let's not add cats or any other animals to the list. But it would
be nice, too, if someone could put in a good word for all the other animals
that exist as fair game for people with more bullets than brains.