Thursday, March 13, 2008

Cats Under Fire

This week is full of bad news for our feline friends! Hundreds of cats in Virginia are being rounded up by a pest control company to rid a trailer park of stray and feral cats. A small town in Iowa has set a $5 bounty to encourage residents to catch and turn in stray/feral cats to “manage” their cat problem, and China is still cleansing its streets to prepare for the Olympics. Want to do something about one or all of these issues? Then, please voice your opinion and disapproval by contacting those listed below. I know it does not seem like much, to write a letter, but if several hundred or thousand people each write a letter, it can make a difference!

Chantilly, Virginia

Monday night, residents of the Meadows of Chantilly mobile home park received a noticed, announcing the decision to hire a pest control company to trap and kill the more than two hundred cats living in their community. Most residents disagree with this decision and welcome the cats. A cat rescue organization has been performing TNR and most cats have been sterilized. The management’s decision came as a shock, considering they previously made a public promise to work with all parties involved to decide the fate of the cats.

ACR is urging our members to write to the Management team at Equity Lifestyle Properties and insist they continue with the TNR program. The community is willing to work with rescue groups to sterilize the cats and provide food/water and homemade shelters. There is no reason to trap and kill.

Ms. Taunya Bailey
Regional Manager
Equity Lifestyle Properties
205 Joan Dr.
Bear, DE 19701

Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc.
Two North Riverside Plaza
Chicago, Illinois 60606
Phone: 312-279-1400
Fax: 312-279-1710
Randolph, Iowa

Mayor Vance Trively is encouraging his residents to catch stray cats by offering a $5 bounty for every cat that is turned in. Any cat who cannot easily be identified as an owned cat will be caught and killed. Not only is this action inhumane for the cats, but it also puts people at risk. Feral cats are not to be handled, and those with no experience working with them could end up with severe injuries (not to mention children trying to catch the cats). Plus, some residents worry for their pets’ welfare, saying anyone could remove a cat’s collar and say it is a stray.

Please contact the mayor and express that his “town round-up” is an ineffective way to control the cat population and it puts people and the cats in danger. The more effective, less costly, and humane method of cat control is TNR.

Mayor Vance Trively
PO Box 88
107 S Main
Randolph, IA 51649-0013
Beijing, China

Cats are still being round up en mass to cleanse the city before the start of the Olympics. This recent government campaign is telling citizens that cats are disease carries, causing a country-wide panic. According to an England newspaper, “cat owners, terrified by the disease warning, are dumping their pets in the streets to be picked up by special collection teams.” Another report states that “paranoia is so intense that six stray cats -including two pregnant females - were beaten to death with sticks by teachers at a Beijing kindergarten, who feared they might pass illnesses to the children.”

ACR is urging our members to continue to contact the Olympics organizations and voice your disgust with the inhumane treatment of animals in order to prepare for The Games.

Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG)
267 Bei Si Huan Zhong Lu
Haidian District
Beijing 100083, China

Tel: (86.10) 66 69 91 85
Fax: (86.10) 66 69 92 29

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