Looking back on another year behind us, cats once again were in the spotlight in 2010. Numerous stories touched our hearts and proved progress is being made, especially for feral cats. More communities and even entire states took to adopting humane methods of controlling cat populations and embracing TNR programs in 2010. We saw several animal-related bills passed, including the Truth in Fur Labeling Act and the Delaware Companion Animal Protection Act; (but with many more bills still waiting to be passed, don’t forget to contact your Senators and Representatives to ensure animal welfare legislation is passed to protect our furry friends!) The US Postal Service released “Adopt a Shelter Pet” stamp series and social media tools like Facebook and Twitter helped animal rescue groups across the world connect with one another to save more animals and raise more funds to keep up the good fight.
As we ring in a new year, we must remain strong and dedicated in our fight for animals, for 2010 also had its share of setbacks in the cat world. From Richmond International Airport to the San Francisco Police Department to Australia and New Zealand to China and Korea, cats were targeted, tortured and killed. Some were killed for their fur and/or meat, while others were killed as part of pest control management plans. But no matter the reason, cats continue to be exploited by humans for some sort of profit or gain. Wildlife conservation groups like the American Bird Conservancy, the Audubon Society and the Urban Wildlands Group, continue to bombard the media with false information about cat predation and its effects on the environment in an attempt to outlaw TNR programs and feeding community cats. Even PETA, the largest animal rights group, has lost its way in protecting cats and believes that dead cats are “happier” cats.
So as we head into a new year, let us remember those who we have lost and those we continue to fight for. Let us not dwell on the things we cannot change and have the courage to stand up and fight for the things we can. At times it will feel like an uphill battle and we may want to give up, but at other times small victories will be celebrated and our spirits renewed. It is those victories that remind us to push forward, up the mountain, so that we may reach the top and gaze out over the vast horizon of possibilities and enjoy our sense of accomplishment. So hang in there, all of you who work so selflessly in the trenches, fighting the good fight, and know there will come a time when activists get our due and cats will receive the compassionate treatment they deserve. Have a Happy New Year!