Thursday, December 13, 2007

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A prevention AND solution action for cities, counties, communities is to immediately implement or support comprehensive cat management programs that promote CONCURRENTLY:

* spay neuter, identification, and containment for 'owned' cats and
* Trap-Neuter-RETURN-Manage (TNRM) for unowned cats
* covered dumpsters and garbage containers

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Neuter/Spay Assistance and Information ~ Oregon, Washington, Nationwide

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

JFK Cats Update: Rally December 18

for immediate release (please cross-post)

contact: Neighborhood Cats
212-662-5761
headcat@neighborhoodcats.org
for more info on JFK: www.neighborhoodcats.org

Standstill with Port Authority Sparks New Protest to End JFK Cats Extermination Program – Trapping Reportedly Suspended, Additional Help Needed to End Exterminations Permanently


(NEW YORK, Dec. 5, 2007) In Defense of Animals and Neighborhood Cats have called for another demonstration at the headquarters of Port Authority of NY and NJ on Tuesday, December 18, from 12:30pm to 1:30 pm. Following the rally at 225 Park Avenue South (betwn. E. 18th and E. 19th Sts. just north of Union Square), a number of representatives of prominent local and national animal welfare groups, including the ASPCA, Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, and Humane Society of NY, plan to address the Port Authority's Board of Commissioners.

"We're concerned about the lack of progress in putting a permanent end to the killing of hundreds of feral cats at JFK Airport and instead implementing a Trap-Neuter-Return project," said Valerie Sicignano, East Coast Coordinator for In Defense of Animals. The eradication campaign was suspended this past November 15 following intense public pressure and media coverage. Animal activists are concerned the Port Authority may simply be trying to "wait it out" until things quiet down, then re-start the effort to trap the cats and dump them on local animal control shelters.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

cat news TODAY!

feral cats IN the news TODAY!
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Feral Cat Blog! Purpose
[right sidebar below Resources]

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A prevention AND solution action for cities, counties, communities is to immediately implement or support comprehensive cat management programs that promote CONCURRENTLY:

* spay neuter, identification, and containment for 'owned' cats and
* Trap-Neuter-RETURN-Manage (TNRM) for unowned cats
* covered dumpsters and garbage containers

See
Cat Management in Communities for further information.

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Neuter/Spay Assistance and Information ~ Oregon, Washington, Nationwide

Sunday, December 02, 2007

HR 767 "Cat killing bill may be stalled"

In ANIMAL PEOPLE, November/December 2007
"Cat-killing bill may be stalled" - last paragraph

The devil was in the details--and may still be, as even if the Senate does not act on HR 767, a similar measure could be slipped through as a rider on any Interior Department appropriation bill, the avenue that former Senator Conrad Burns of Montana used in 2004 to undo key provisions of the 1971 federal law that protected wild horses from sale to slaughter.
The text of Animal People articles does not appear online until some weeks after the print version but is generally available on request, or posted elsewhere as in today‘s (December 2) Friends of Animals’ news post. The October 2007 issue of Animal People just went online which includes the Animal People article reporting on HR 767 after it passed the House on October 22, 2007.

A timeline for HR 767 is outlined in my November 13 Feral Cat Blog! post HR 767 Refuge REPAIR Act -- from its introduction in January 2007, testimony given, some wildlife groups who supported it -- to press releases and articles after passing the House October 22, 2007.

A Congressional National Wildlife Refuge Caucus was created in early May 2006 by U.S. House Representatives Ron Kind (D-Wis), Jim Saxton (R-NJ), Michael Castle (R-Del) and Mike Thompson (D-Calif) and launched in September 2006. Caucus members as of November 2007 are listed here.

HR 767 was described as "the banner legislation" of the Congressional National Wildlife Refuge Caucus by the Wildlife Management Institute in their August 2007 news bulletin.

An earlier Refuge REPAIR Act was introduced July 26, 2006 in the 109th Congress, HR 5900. A Policy News Update from the Ecological Society of America on September 22, 2006 stated:
Members of the caucus recently introduced legislation to help combat invasive species, the primary ecological and financial threat to the Refuge System. According to its sponsors, the Refuge Ecology Protection, Assistance, & Immediate Response (REPAIR) Act (H.R. 5900), proposes an innovative and cost-effective approach to maximize eradication efforts and establishes a grant program to combat invasive species on and adjacent to refuges.

In April 2007, the Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement(CARE) (created in 1995, its membership includes wildlife, fishing, hunting, and "sportsmen" organizations) announced their report "Restoring America's Wildlife Legacy 2007," which
details the nationwide impact of funding shortfalls and illustrates many of the deteriorating conditions at national wildlife refuges. It also outlines the consequences of under-funding and recommends funding levels for fiscal years 2009-2013 to offset the damage already occurring throughout the system.

Comments by House Representatives Kind, Saxton, and Castle were included in the Defenders of Wildlife press release on the CARE report Future of Nation's Wildlife Refuges at Risk
Diverse Coalition Issues New Report Showing that Chronic Under-Funding Is Threatening America's Wildlife and Wild Lands
Congressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus Co-Chairs Speak Out


On October 10, 2007, CARE honored six leaders of Congress including founding members of the Congressional National Wildlife Refuge Caucus for their "efforts to protect—and adequately fund—the refuge system."

Alley Cat Allies has just posted a statement about HR 767.