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“The greatness of a nation,


And its moral progress,


Can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”


Gandhi


 


There was a time on this planet


When humans respected all life forms


But our modern world has gone mad


Now destroying everything is ‘the norm’


 


Timber wolves will no longer be considered endangered


Numerous migratory birds are losing their treaty protection


Western wild mustangs will be sent to slaughterhouses


And the feline is now mankind’s latest target selection


 


A proposal has been drafted in the state of Wisconsin


To allow anyone to shoot a cat seen outdoors on sight


And I believe this gross lack of stewardship and compassion


Should fill all of our human souls with repulsion and fright


 


If this proposal passes in the state of Wisconsin


It may soon spread across these United States


And who knows if your dog or pet hamster will be next


Is there a genetic flaw that fills mankind with such hate?


 


The following animals are presently designated as ‘unprotected’ in the state of Wisconsin. No closed season, bag limit, size limit, or possession limit applies to these animals:


• Opossums, skunks, and weasels
• Starlings, English sparrows, quails, and partridges
• Any other wild animal that is not a Game Animal, Game Bird,
  Game Fish, Fur-bearing Animal, Protected Wild Animal,
  or Endangered or Threatened Species.


If this feline hunting proposal passes, free-roaming domestic cats will be added to this list and designated as ‘unprotected,’ and it will become legal to hunt them year round in Wisconsin, with absolutely no limit.


The bizarre justification for allowing the hunting of cats is this:


Free roaming feral domestic cats are not considered a native species in Wisconsin. The above mentioned cats do, however, kill native species reducing native species populations.


What is also extremely troubling is that feral, free-roaming cats will be defined as:


Any domestic type cat which is not under the owner's direct control, or whose owner has not placed a collar on such cat showing it to be their property.


This means that any cat that is outdoors - unattended, with no collar - could be hunted – even on your front lawn, with your small child or your pet dog in close proximity.


If this scenario does not frighten you, I don’t know what will.


If you live in Wisconsin, I urge you to get involved in stopping this proposed feline hunting madness.  State Hearings on this issue will be held on April 11th.


If you live anywhere else in the United States, I urge you to contact your legislators protesting the loss of protection for migratory birds, wolves, and wild mustangs, and demanding that feline hunting never be allowed in your home state, even if it becomes legal in Wisconsin.


The life you save may be your own pet cat, or God forbid, someone’s innocent child who happens to wander in front of the cross hairs of some hate-filled cat hunter’s rifle or hand gun in your own neighborhood.


The true humane solution to this country’s millions of free-roaming urban and rural feral cats is two-fold, and it does not involve shooting them at will:


 


-        Requiring cat owners to spay or neuter their pets


 


-        Initiating Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) procedures across America to live-trap feral cats, have them spayed or neutered, and then released back into the wild


 


Killing them only causes colonies of existing un-neutered cats to expand in size to take up the territory of those that have been eliminated.


 


In 7 years, one free-roaming un-spayed feline and her offspring can produce 420,000 cats.


 


Imagine your own community turning into Dodge City, where legal cat hunters roam the streets, back alleys, country lanes, parks, school yards, and picnic areas, shooting them down at will.


 


I’ve been involved in feral feline TNR procedures for years, and as someone who’s been in the field utilizing it, I know it works; and it is far safer for all of us, and far more humane than this proposed mass slaughter ever could be.


 


“If you have men who exclude any of God’s creatures


From the shelter of their compassion and pity,


You have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.”


St. Francis of Assisi


 




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Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 3/16/2005
I am here to hold down the fort in Wisconsin, Ed. This is the ravings of one man.. and I believe he has gotten attention because his proposal is so bizarre, so shocking to people. Obviously, those who have picked up the gauntlet are fellow-feline-haters... extremists.

This will not happen! I have already spoken with people at work, in the neighborhood, cat owners and NON-cat-owners, but who have their heads screwed on right. Wisconsin must not lead the country on an issue this ridiculous! Not if I have anything to say... and a whole lot of others. I wrote someone I know who lives in this man's general area... the word is getting out quickly that this would open a door nobody would be able to close... the Humane Society, though they warn against pet overpopulation, are on board, knowing this is but a beginning to a very slippery slope. Cruelty to animals is its name, NOT, saving birds, as this man wants us to believe. katy xox
Reviewed by ~Indigo~ Elga 3/16/2005
Dear Ed,

I am sickened to the pits of my stomach at the mere thought that some could even "THINK" about doing something so horrendous, as an animal lover myself (owning 19 cats... and several dogs) God forbid that those kind of laws be imposed here. A cat is not like a dog that you can keep indoors !! I am both vexed and angered that once again "humanity" fails dismally. I can only pray that you have enough loving and caring people to stand up, be counted and make a difference Ed, those are my most sincere wishes. May the voice of reason be heard loud and clear.

warm hugs
Elga
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/15/2005
Ed,

*TEARS* Heartbreaking, indeed--the opening quote is so true. May all of us that love animals take a stand and speak out for them.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :(
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/15/2005
Heart touching....yip the entire universe seems mad to me!!

love Tinky
Reviewed by Tiana ~ (Reader) 3/15/2005
Heart touching write, Ed ... Bunch of sicko's out there ...
Reviewed by George Jackson 3/15/2005
It doesn't frighten me...it angers me. Ed, thank you for posting this.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/15/2005
this is crap..not the write, mind you, but these stupid rules that the damn liberals are placing upon our once-great nation. i am sick of it all, and i am ashamed to be called an american! and i am sick of hearing bad news, like that judge in california saying that they can't ban gay marriage in california. they already have taken prayer out of the home and school, they took discipline away, they are giving gays and lesbians rights, and now animals are suffering at the hands of man. i can't take much more!

powerful, heartbreaking write, and that pic makes me want to cry! thanks for sharing! and thanks for caring; we need more like you here!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :( >tears <
Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/15/2005
Thank you Ed for being our watchdog! You truly are helping society for making others aware of the idiocy of politicians and those who have decided killing everything is less time consuming than being civilized and seeking solutions to the problems! However, I'm afraid that as long as we abort babies by the millions in this country alone, and have stopped teaching anything sacred in our schools, there will be no generation that will care anymore. When a society tries to get rid of the Creator it must pay the cost, and believe me it will get much worse, until people start shouting for change,and stop being indifferent to all life! I also agree with the others the damn fools never think of the chain of events and perhaps Wiscon(sin)
will be the first to be destroyed by the rats.Karma!

etw
Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader) 3/15/2005
This is a bunch of crap putting it as mildly as I can here. Lawmakers really think they are big and mighty now don't they?I'm not impressed. They can shoot a defensless critter oh wow ain't they such a big and high and mighty one now?nope not at all. My cats and every animal I've had most all my life, which are all strays and throwaways that I've brought in. Once in a while they get out, as do my neighbor's not what they want or I want, but that happens it's an accident and if this person or anyone was to hurt... Imcompassionate Barbaric Inhumane Cowards. Man is nothing but a Mammal.!! Not superior by any means.!! I don't know why they think that they are all so high and mighty. They are pansy-A _ _ cowards who there is no way they could survive out there with nothing but themselves like the critters, man has to hide behind guns and their True Ignorance. There is true Beauty and a lot to be learned from all creatures of this world. Watch. Learn.
Thanks Ed. Thanks for your Love and Caring for the innocent, You are a Great and Wonderful True Man.
Tracey
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 3/15/2005
Bless your for speaking out....I agree with George...this country has lost its soul...
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 3/15/2005
You know they said in church Sunday that all of this Political Correctness Crap had to go. Isn't Wisconsin the same state that the guy opened fire on the six hunters? I am like this I would not want anyone shooting somebody's little friend around me and do not put a gun to a fur child of mine. I run out of cheeks when it comes to that.
Reviewed by George Carroll 3/15/2005
What does one expect when we kill millions of babies in the womb every year
This country has lost its soul.
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 3/15/2005
The bizzare justification: "Free roaming feral domestic cats are not considered a native species in Wisconsin." OF COURSE NOT, ye 'wise' lawmakers/citizens of Wisconsin! Feral domestic cats exist because of ABANDONMENT by the human species - and therein lies the BIG problem! When humans realize THEIR responsibilities - neutering/spaying of pets - the problems can easily be contained. I find the barbaric resolution in Wisconsin to be despicable. Thank you Ed for bringing this matter to others attention!
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 3/15/2005
Ed,

Very disturbing to say the least ... over 2,000,000 cats and dogs are being butchered and slaughtered every year by the Chinese and other Asian countries - they're using the skin and fur for stuffed animals, fur coats, pillows, etc. and are trying to dupe the world by putting false labels on the products!! When will it all end? Thanks for this well-done write!!

Best regards,

Robert
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 3/15/2005
Isn't Wisconsin where your favorite North Woods are at...? If so, or not, maybe with tourists boycotting the state they will take this law OFF the books...such a fine person you are sir...Ed & Rufuz
Reviewed by Patrick McCormick 3/15/2005
Hi ED,

Some lawmaker had to be sitting up pretty late one night to come up with something like that. Very well written. I was going to send this to Pudges best friend, but she would not be able to sleep for weeks thinking about it.

Pat
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 3/15/2005
Heard a Rabbi speaking about the notion of humankind's 'dominion' over animals as we have been taught .... seems the original Torah writing was 'compassionate care' ... how King James devolved to 'dominion' has not been explained, but it does explain how otherwise sensible people accept that critters can be treated without regard. Wonder if any of these Wisconsin folks have read about the great plague in Europe back when so many were killing cats without regard to the fact that the rats and their fleas would soon be rampant.
Reviewed by Henry Stevens 3/15/2005
ED, Thanks for this info. Very frightening. Especially the closing St Francis of Assisi quote, because we are treating humans without compassion already. Locally here there were some fish docks, fish stores and an upscale eatery. The people visiting the eatery prevailed on the county to trap and kill all the feral cats. Next step-the rats almost shut down the whole place..... Henry
Reviewed by John Bidwell 3/15/2005
God bless you for this.
Kindness is for all life. People are the life with the most potential for it, how sad.
John
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