Friday, February 29, 2008

Beijing Purging City of Stray Cats in Preparation for Upcoming Olympic Games

In 2004, 50,000 cats and dogs were poisoned prior to the Games in Athens, Greece. For the past few months, cats in London have been (still are being) killed by the construction of sites for the 2012 Olympic Games. And now with the 2008 Games only five months away, Beijing is following a similar path, by rounding up stray cats to “cleanse” the city.

According to an England newspaper, Beijing’s agricultural bureau director recently ordered that “all stray cats must be caught and taken off the streets before the end of June, to ensure the city looks its best…for the Olympics.” Cats are being trapped and placed in crowded holding pens, which animal activists are comparing to the size of microwave ovens. The order states that strays unclaimed after 14 days will be “dealt with”.

The Capital Animal Welfare Association (located in Beijing) estimates 160,000 to 200,000 animals are at risk from the new campaign. Qin Xiaona, head of the animal welfare association told The Times, “the officials said they did not want the Olympic athletes to see a single stray animal. This is partly because the Chinese care so much about face.” Mrs. Qin wants to know from the International Olympic Committee and the athletes: “Do they feel that they can take part comfortably in the Olympics if the price of the games is the lives of so many animals?” Alley Cat Rescue asks the same question to those of us who support the Olympic Games.

It is a great honor to welcome the entire world to your home town and be enthralled in the glorious buzz of international news. The opportunity to host such a legendary event is in every meaning of the word priceless. Unfortunately, there is an ugly untold story following in the wake of this worldly tradition—cats and dogs living in these areas are horribly killed in order to “cleanse” the future sites of the Games. Stray and feral cats and dogs are poisoned, trapped to be destroyed, or simply killed when demolition crews tear down old structures to build the new facilities. This has been a practice of past Olympic sites and it continues to be a practice of those on the list to host the Games in the future.

It is time to demand the International Olympic Committee to step in and prohibit participating cities from “rounding up” and killing stray cats and dogs as preparation for the Games. The Olympic Committee needs to express their disapproval with such actions and clearly advise against such a horrible protocol. Therefore, ACR is encouraging our members to continue to pressure the International Olympic Committee to take action. We desperately need to let the Committee know that, as supporters of the Olympic Games, we are outraged by the terrible treatment of animals and if the current trend of “cleansing” future sites does not stop, they will lose our support.

International Olympic Committee
Ch√Ęteau de Vidy
1007 Lausanne
Switzerland

Tel: (41.21) 621 61 11
Fax: (41.21) 621 62 16

SEND LETTERS TO PARTICIPATING CITIES:

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
Email: 2008@beijing2008.cn

London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG)
23rd Floor, One Churchill Place
London E14 5LN

Tel.: +44 203 2012 000
Fax: + 44 203 2012 001
Email: info@london2012.com

**To read the entire newspaper article from The Times, visit: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/more_sport/article3427996.ece

**To find more information on the Olympic Games, visit: http://www.olympic.org/uk/index_uk.asp

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Easter Lilies Are Deadly for Your Cat

Spring is upon us and Easter will be here before we know it. Most of us will be buying plants for the garden or our window boxes and loved ones give us colorful bouquets to sit around the house. But for those of us who are pet owners, we must keep in mind some plants and flowers are highly toxic and potentially deadly to animals.

The most common Easter flowers are lilies and several types of lilies are highly toxic to cats. These include: Easter lily, Tiger lily, Rubrum lily, Japanese show lily, Stargazer lily, and some species of the Day lily. Unfortunately, all parts of the lily plant are considered toxic to cats and consuming even small amounts can be life threatening. Within only a few hours of ingestion, a cat may vomit, become lethargic, or develop a lack of appetite. These signs continue and worsen as kidney damage or renal failure progresses. Without prompt and proper treatment by a veterinarian, the cat’s kidneys shut down within 36 to 72 hours; which is fatal.

Other flowers associated with spring and Easter that are also toxic to cats are Azaleas, Tulips, Chrysanthemums, Daffodils, Hydrangeas, Marigolds, Geraniums, and Hyacinths.

Being a responsible pet owner means keeping our pets safe and this means removing all potential hazards from our homes (or at least keeping them out of reach). As the seasons change and holidays come and go, please remember to keep your pet’s safety in mind.

Friday, February 15, 2008

168 Cats and Kittens Rescued from 2012 Olympic Park Demolition Site

Thanks to all who sent letters to the International Olympic Committee and members of the Olympic Delivery Authority, the Celia Hammond Animal Trust (CHAT) has been allowed a limited period of time to access the site of the 2012 Olympic Games!

On January 15th, a meeting was held between CHAT and the ODA to discuss their access to the site in order to rescue the remaining cats. The group has been granted permission to access certain areas at particular times. According to their website, they recently trapped a pregnant mom and rescued two cats that were found taking shelter in out-of-service buses.

This is a victory for CHAT and the cats facing uncertain death from all of the destruction taking place around them. BUT there is still more cats that need rescued and the group is still fighting the ODA for access to other areas of the site. Please keep the letters coming and we can see that ALL of the remaining cats are removed from the site before it is too late!

WRITE TO:

David Higgins, Chief Executive, Olympic Delivery Authority
One Churchill Place
Canary Wharf, London E14 5LN

Lord Sebastian Coe, Olympic Delivery Authority
One Churchill Place
Canary Wharf, London E14 5LN

John Armitt CBE, Chairman, Olympic Delivery Authority
One Churchill Place
Canary Wharf, London, E14 5LN

Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London
Greater London Authority, City Hall, The Queens Walk
More London, London SE1 2AA

Anna’s Law in Illinois

Anna’s Law has established and implemented an Illinois Public Health and Safety Animal Population Control Program. This program collects funds solely to subsidize the spaying, neutering, and vaccinating of ferals and the pets of low-income residents. Funds are generated from public safety fines collected under the Animal Control Act, Pet Friendly license plate fees, the Illinois Income Tax Act, and from voluntary contributions.

Anna’s Law was passed with the intent to get more communities to address the growing cat population problem through proactive means. The law was also passed to protect the public, save taxpayers money, and reduce the killing at animal shelters.

This law is one of a kind but hopefully not for long. We should use this law and Illinois’ proactive attitude to set precedent and ensure our city and government officials take steps to help the pet population.

To view Anna’s Law: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/94/094-0639.htm

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Petaluma, CA Killing Feral Cats

Petaluma, CA passed an ordiance that prevents the feeding of feral cats in a wetlands area, and allows for Animal Control to kill the cats immediately. The ordinance states: There shall be no feeding of feral cats in or within one-half mile of the Petaluma Wetlands, located along the Petaluma River. The area covered by this section is bordered by the Petaluma River on the southwest, and Lakeville Highway to the north and east, from the Petaluma Marina to, and including the Petaluma Holding Ponds. There shall be no feeding of feral cats inside any city park, or within a block of any city park. Any existing feeding station in the prohibited areas shall be removed within 90 days.

Instead of killing the cats, Petaluma needs to implement Trap-Neuter-Return programs, which will slowing decrease the number of cats in the wetlands through natural attrition. Killing the cats will just create a vacuum effect, and they will be replaced by other feral cats. TRN is also more economic for the city.

Please visit http://www.thepetitionsite.com/petition/357276712 to sign the petition, or call/email members of the City council to express your displeasure at the killing of these cats:
Name
Phone
Term Ends
Pamela Torliatt, Mayor
707-763-6825
12/10
Karen Nau, Vice Mayor
707-778-4521
12/08
Mike O'Brien Council
707-778-4525
12/08
Mike Harris Council
707-773-3196
12/10
Teresa Barrett Council
707-953-0846
12/10
David Rabbitt Council 707-971-0272
12/10
Samantha Freitas Council
12/08
Eric Danly, City Attorney
707-778-4362

Mike Bierman, City Manager
707-778-4345