Tragedy for cats delayed ... but for how long?
On Feb. 4, 2022, a bill in the Hawaiian House of Representatives, HB1987, proposed that ALL feral cats in Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii, plus HALF of the feral cats in Oahu, be POISONED TO DEATH by the end of 2025.
The reason? Feral cats are considered partly to blame for reducing the population of some of Hawaii’s native birds and other wild animals.
HB1987 promoted “Curiosity and Eradicat feral cat baits,” which are being used to kill millions of feral cats in Australia. The bill incorrectly called this slow poison “humane.”
The GOOD news is, HB1987 has been rejected for now, because enough caring people like you expressed their outrage.
But the cats are still in extreme danger. The bill’s supporters claim it was “misrepresented by opponents” and “vow to keep fighting,” according to KITV.com, a Hawaiian news channel. The bill’s author, Rep. Patrick Branco, said: “I wish that trap, spay and neuter programs work, but they just don’t. Perhaps there are other options, but we must immediately reduce the population to make sure that we can take care of our birds.”
Please email Governor David Ige, Chairman of the Agriculture Committee Mark Hashem, and/or Chairman of the Finance Committee Sylvia Luke to demand an innovative solution – truly HUMANE population control for these defenseless cats!
Feel free to use or edit the sample text below:
To [Governor Ige, The Honorable Mark J. Hashem, or The Honorable Sylvia Luke]:
I care deeply about cats, so I was horrified that mass killing of Hawaii's feral cats by slow poison was seriously considered in HB1987 in February 2022. I’m relieved that this bill did not pass, but I’m worried that similar bills may be proposed.
Please do not support ANY bill that proposes the killing of feral cats.
The Hawaii Invasive Species Council is charged with finding “new” and “innovative” ways to preserve Hawaii’s native wildlife.
Please allow Trap-Neuter-Return programs to continue, and provide the Hawaii Invasive Species Council with funding for the purpose of humanely developing nonlethal, oral, nonsurgical sterilization for Hawaii's feral cats as soon as possible.
Email: Governor David Ige
Chairman Mark J. Hashem (Chair of the House Committee on Agriculture)
Chairwoman Sylvia Luke (Chair of the House Committee on Finance)
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