Target: Division of Fish and Wildlife
Goal: Ban the breeding, sale, and possession of hybrid cats in the United States.
Breeding wild and domestic cats is a growing trend in the United States. While both are beautiful creatures, when the two are combined into hybrid cats and sold as pets, the results are disastrous. These hybrids are not domestic pets and often display aggression towards their owners, sometimes resulting in serious injury. Because these cats do not make good pets, they are often surrendered by their owners to animal shelters or rescues and end up euthanized. The breeding, sale, and possession of hybrid cats needs to be regulated in order to prevent this cycle.
Numerous cat rescues, such as the Wild Cat Sanctuary, see first-hand the devastating results of hybrid cat ownership. While breeders often advertise hybrid cats as having the appearance of a wild cat such as the Asian Leopard Cat, and the temperament of a domestic cat, in reality these cats do conform to the standards expected of them. Owners realize too late that their hybrid cat is still a wild animal. The lucky cats may live the rest of their lives at a rescue but unfortunately, most are either euthanized or released into the wild. Since it is illegal in many states to own a hybrid cat many owners simply release their cat, which has devastating ecological consequences.
Hybrid cats may seem like larger and more exotic looking house cats but unfortunately, they are not genetically programmed to be pets. We need to prevent the unnecessary euthanasia and release of these creatures by ensuring that they are not being sold in the United States. Please ask the Division of Wildlife to ban the breeding, sale, and ownership of hybrid cats.
Dear the Division of Wildlife,
As you are aware, the breeding and sale of hybrid cats has become a growing trend in the United States. Breeders often mix Asian Leopard Cats or Servals with domestic house cats and promise that the result will be a larger, more exotic looking cat with the temperament of a house cat. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Hybrid cats do not make good pets and often display aggression, which leads owners to surrender their animals to shelters or rescues or to release them into the wild. Many of these hybrids end up being euthanized because people have unrealistic expectations for their cat.
In order to prevent the unnecessary euthanasia of these wonderful creatures, we must ensure that they are not being bred in the first place. Since various states and municipalities have already banned the sale and breeding of hybrid cats, many people purchase them illegally and simply release them into the wild when the cat does not meet their expectations. This can have devastating ecological consequences. However, if hybrid cats were banned at a federal level, it would be much less likely that people would continue breeding these cats. Please ban the breeding, sale, and possession of hybrid cats.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: bengal cat breed via petwave.com