Target: Will Weatherford, Speaker, Florida State House of Representatives; Don Gaetz, President, Florida State Senate
Goal: Pass bill that endorses the humane management of stray cat populations
In Florida, the Community Cat Act will allow officials to reduce the number of stray cats and cats in shelters without resorting to lethal tactics. Supporters intend to spay and neuter stray cats rather than kill them. Neutering male cats reduces fighting among stray cats, as the toms are less inclined to compete for territory. Nor will stray females have to repeatedly give birth to unwanted kittens. The measure will also save money, which animal shelters may use to care for other creatures in need. It will also improve public health, as the act includes provisions for immunizing stray cats against diseases. Cats themselves will experience an increased quality of life, without having to suffer illness and overpopulation.
Trap/neuter/return (TNR) is the preferred method of feral cat population control among animal rights advocates. Using this method, cats are trapped rather than killed, spayed or neutered by a veterinarian, then vaccinated against diseases. Afterward, these cats are returned to their communities rather than kept in shelters, reducing shelter operating costs while preventing the proliferation of disease and overpopulation in stray colonies. In many communities, stray kittens are socialized by shelters and put up for adoption, while adults are reintegrated into their communities. Ask Florida leaders to pass House Bill 1121 and Senate Bill 1320 to humanely manage the state’s cat population.
Dear Mr. Weatherford and Mr. Gaetz,
The Florida State Congress will soon have the opportunity to pass the Community Cat Act, a humane measure to control the state’s stray cat population. The passage of this act will encourage animal shelters to use the TNR method — Trap/Neuter/Release — in which stray cats are captured, sterilized, immunized from diseases, and released back into their communities. This will reduce the cat population without using lethal measures. Stray cats will be unable to continuously procreate, nor will they be able to spread diseases. At the same time, they will enjoy their lives and be less of a nuisance to the community as they will live in healthy, sustainable populations without males fighting for territory or females constantly having new kittens.
Moreover, this Act will cut down on shelter costs. Shelters can then focus on protecting kittens and other animals in need, saving resources by re-releasing captured adult strays after sterilizing and immunizing them. Please control cat populations humanely by passing House Bill 1121 and Senate Bill 1320, commonly known as the Community Cat Act.
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