Target: Governor Neil Abercrombie
Goal: Prevent the inhumane killing of cats in Hawaii
In the past two months, 50 cats on the island of Kauai have been killed or disappeared, according to Basil Scott, president of the Kauai Community Cat Project. Even if the population of cats are too high, there should be more humane alternatives that can be used to curb their numbers. However, recent evidence and testimony suggests that these killings weren’t done for population control, but rather by drunkards.
“We’ve had some shootings, poisonings, (and) one intentional running over,” Scott recounted. “There’s five places where we are very certain, or fairly certain, that people are killing cats. And some of it is crazy.”
There have been reports of people going out at night and shooting the cats for sport. Hawaiian citizens also reported seeing dead or dying cats in the streets. One eyewitness, who is a security guard, reportedly saw several men shining a spotlight from their car on a cat before shooting it.
These men are violating animal cruelty laws and are traveling around with a loaded firearm, which is also illegal. Scott suspects that the men going around doing this are drunk and they should be stopped immediately. Unfortunately, the Kauai Police Department are ignorant to the attacks, but the Humane Society is offering $5,000 for information on the killers.
While the feral cat population in Hawaii poses a threat to the endangered birds on the island, it shouldn’t give citizens the right to shoot or poison them. Other humane options are to capture and spay/neuter the feral cats so they have a controlled population. These killers need to be caught and the Kauai police forces can and should do so by patrolling the island. Sign this petition to prevent the inhumane killing of cats.
Dear Neil Abercrombie,
I am writing to urge your police department to begin patrolling the island in search of the alleged cat killers. A security guard witnessed a car full of armed men taking aim at a cat before shooting. Such “sporty” and inhumane behavior should be denounced, and the people responsible should be arrested.
While I understand there is a problem of cats hunting the endangered birds, this should not give anyone the right to kill these cats on sight. There are other humane options to reducing the population, like spaying or neutering. However, it’s suspected that these killings were done from irresponsible citizens and thus swift action is necessary. Please catch these killers and ensure that they are penalized for animal cruelty.
[Your Name Here]
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