Fish and Game Council member, Leonard Wolgast, has sponsored a resolution to have feral cats reclassified by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which could put an end to TNR programs in the state and allow feral cats to be hunted.
No action by the council is expected before a recommendation from an ad hoc committee of the DEP's Endangered Nongame Species Advisory Committee. IT'S NEXT MEETING IS IN APRIL! Unfortunately, Mr. Wolgast is a member of this committee and owns property with a kennel (that is owned and operated by his wife's family) that contracts with several communities in Central Jersey to pick up and euthanize cats.
ACR is urging our members to write to the NJ DEP and tell them TNR is proven effective; current TNR programs in NJ (and across the US) are reducing feral cat numbers and educating the public on the importance of spay/neuter and keeping cats indoors. TNR also saves states money by not having to hold and kill feral cats; rescue organizations are already using private money to implement TNR programs. If a species needs controlled in order to preserve another, then all humane, non-lethal methods should be utilized. In this day and age, everyone should be trying to instill more compassionate ethics towards the earth and all of its inhabitants. Individuals want to see, demand to see, an end to the pointless trapping and killing of thousands of feral cats. Please ask the NJ DEP to help us make a brighter future for feral cats, by supporting TNR.
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
Bob Martin, Acting Commissioner
PO Box 402
401 East State Street, 7th floor
Trenton, NJ 08625-0402
Bob Martin: 609-292-2885
Sandy Nis, Executive Secretary: 609-777-4327
Fax Number: 609-292-7695
ALSO, please visit The Petition Site to sign ACR’s petition: www.thepetitionsite.com/42/help-stop-the-hunting-of-feral-cats-in-nj