Don’t Deny Cats the Same Protections as Other Domestic Animals

Target: Jeff Van Drew, New Jersey Senator

Goal: Demand that animal protection bill be revised to include cats.

A New Jersey bill, if signed, will strip homeless cats of the protections they sorely need. The bill was created to protect all neglected domestic animals, specifically dogs, but one section specifically states that this new law will not apply to cats.

Cats are very fragile creatures. Despite how often we see cats surviving the streets or frolicking in the fields, they cannot handle prolonged exposure to the elements. These animals are prone to frostbite, dehydration, and heatstroke. They also fall prey to ticks and other parasites that can cause severe illnesses if left undetected. Furthermore, stray cats are in danger of being hit by a car or attacked by other wildlife. This bill explicitly says that any neglected or stray cats will not be given the same protection as dogs, and simply referred to as “feral.”

This bill cannot be signed and made law as it is. Cats are in danger of being neglected and thrown out onto the streets should this law revoke their protection. PETA has sent a notice to Governor Christie not to sign the bill, but that is only the first step. Sign this petition to demand that the bill be revised to include cats under the umbrella of protection.


Dear Senator Van Drew,

The recent bill for animal protection that you have sent to Governor Christie explicitly excludes homeless and neglected cats from the detailed protections outlined in the bill. This is not acceptable. Cats are fragile creatures whose bodies cannot handle prolonged exposure to the elements, and stray cats are likely to be hit by cars or attacked by wildlife.

This bill must be revised immediately. If Governor Christie has not yet signed it, have it sent back so that it may be revised to include cats under its umbrella of legal protection. Cats deserve to be safe just as much as dogs or other domestic animals, and any new laws created must reflect that.


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  1. how could you pass this law and still feel human?


  3. Nooshin Perla says:

    ARE YOU KIDDING US?????? Are you IGNORING the protection for our beloved cats???????????How is that even possible that a person, a human been can be so cold, heartless and blind to love that cats are giving us. PLEASE, open your heart and eyes to the truth. We need these wonderful companion in our life!!!

  4. Mike Perla says:

    Once again we have a case of cats being treated as ” second class animals”.
    Why is it that it is wrong if you abuse dogs but not cats. Apparently these folks have never had the joy and love that a cat can bring. They are almost the perfect pet. They can pretty much take care of themselves, while making sure you do not have small critters invading your house with the diseases they can carry. Why do you think they were so well thought of by the ancients, like the Egyptians? They used cats not only in their homes , but also by seafarers to make sure the food stores for the sailors as well as the cargo was protected.

  5. Margaret Melnick says:

    What kind of sick A holes came up with a law like that. I would prefer to remove them from protection that is provided to any other human. What a bunch of sick s.o. b.

  6. carol davidson says:

    Texas had and “animal vet” shoot a cat with a bow and arrow, then her “mother” took her her picture and posted it on Facebook!

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