Target: Tom Tait, Mayor of Anaheim, California
Goal: Don’t ban citizens from feeding stray cats.
It is now reportedly illegal to feed stray cats in the city of Anaheim, California. The Anaheim Fix Project, which is an organization dedicated to remedying the overpopulation of stray cats in Anaheim, has sounded the alarm. They have reported that people in the city of Anaheim are being threatened with fines and jail time for feeding the cats. The law stipulates that people can feed the stray cats only if they have been contracted by the city.
This means that good-hearted citizens can be penalized for giving food to the starving cats. Although the overpopulation of stray animals is clearly a problem that needs to be rectified, it is not appropriate to starve the animals. The logic behind this law is that you shouldn’t give food to the cats because they breed, but this is a cruel ideology that is reminiscent of social Darwinism. Furthermore, this law would probably not be effective, since cats will find ways of surviving.
Just because overpopulation of stray animals is an issue doesn’t mean that we should subject the animals to suffering. A much better alternative would be to trap and sterilize the cats, before sending them to loving homes. Sign this petition to tell Tom Tait, Mayor of Anaheim, California, that this is not an appropriate way to go about solving the overpopulation of stray cats.
Dear Mayor Tait,
I was appalled to learn about a new law in your city that prevents citizens from feeding stray cats. Although I understand that the overpopulation of stray cats is a nuisance, I feel that this is an inappropriate way of solving the problem. This law turns good-hearted citizens into criminals for the simple act of giving food to a hungry animal. The cold-hearted logic behind this law is that you shouldn’t feed the animals because they breed.
I believe that there is a way to solve the overpopulation issue without inflicting suffering on innocent animals. Why not simply give more power to organizations such as the Anaheim Fix Project, and provide them with an effective means of sterilizing large numbers of these animals? This is a much more humane solution, and it would probably be more effective in the long term, since cats are savvy predators that will usually find ways of surviving regardless of city laws.
I want to ask that you please do everything in your power to ensure that this cruel and abusive law is struck down immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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