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Bayside State Prison Bans Feeding of Feral Cats — 22 Comments

  1. What does one do about a feral population in the neighborhood that cries, howls and fight all night, every night and keep up the entire neighborhood? They kill the bird population and infest our neighborhood with fleas. They can be seen lying about with eye infections, gaping wounds from fighting and the local kids sandbox bring used as a litterbox. There are a couple of people who say they take care of them but all the cats look and act terrible. I live in a big city, not the country, FYI

    • Hi LJ, thanks for commenting. What we can do it accept the burden of responsibility in caring for them and reducing their numbers humanely because we created then through irresponsible cat ownership. We have no other choice.

      We should also recognise that humans infest the neighbourhood with disease and spread it hither and thither.

    • What you can do is contact your local government, ie. County Commissioners and encourage them to institute a TNR program in your county.
      Then, the crying, howling, fighting, and mating will cease, and the cats will be properly cared for, including medical.

  2. How rotten, how can they be so cruel as to withdraw support for the cats depending on food, after a month some of them may already have died. The dregs of society are all there, and I don’t mean the prisoners.

    • yes, thank you Ruth.

      I signed. I had to resist commenting much in the area that stated “Leave a comment! Your vote will have so much more impact if you comment!” or some-such, because all I could think of were lines from the movie The Shawshank Redemption.

      I wanted my vote to ‘count’. I’m pretty sure leaving the comment (a quote from the movie about a particularity bad prison) “…slather you with Crisco, and throw you to the Sodomites!!!” might have negated my earnest vote for justice.

      Again, thank you for the link, Ruth.

  3. This is so cruel, to TNR those cats and let them become used to being fed but now stopping, seems pointless.
    Which heartless person has made this rule?
    We need to find the petition link and sign and share it.

  4. Medical science has proved that dangerous prisoners become calm and improve if given the job of training or caring pets like dogs or cats.Its the same as pets being a good medical asset to its owners as they have a soothing effect on the temperament and nature of their human care-takers.

  5. Having met more than my fair share of “Corrections Officers”, I can assure your tender readers that these people are generally the bottom-of-the-barrel sort of folk that you would likely cross the street to avoid, even if they were in civilian dress.

    I noted a high incident of fetal-alcohol syndrome apparent in the general outward appearance of many of them, and an IQ that generally seemed to fall quite short of just plain IDJUTS.

    Once, I was able to talk a Corrections Officer in keeping watch on a very large defecation I had deposited in the toilet. I informed him I was sure I had seen it move, and further, I did not want anyone to steal it – if it was alive, I wanted to keep it as a pet.

    He stood in my cell, staring at that huge turd in the toilet for about 30 minutes, giggling and laughing, and not once taking his eyes off of it.

    These are the type of people who end up tending to their caged fellow man. These are the quality of persons who actively participate in perpetrating the worst of man’s inhumanity to man.

    Generally, in a “Corrections” environment, job advancement is “in house” – those who are the best at being the worst get to be supervisors and get more money.

    It is no small stretch to imagine these idiot misfits and creeps deciding to force inmates watch their beloved pets die from starvation, purely for the entertainment it provides these ghouls.

    They are without souls.

    (and they wonder why so many of them get a Spork [an eating utensil, a cross between a spoon and a fork] stabbed into their necks)

    I doubt anything can be done to remedy the situation in that particular little hell-hole, before all the cats are dead.

    How sad the sadists.

    • Extremely interesting comment. Thanks Bruce. It does help explain what is going on. Your comment makes me want to ask: in what context have you been in contact with Corrections Officers. I think we call them prison officers in the UK.

      • U.S. authorities have a penchant for locking people up over minor kerfuffles involving not giving their station, badge or attitude the proper respect they believe they are owed.

        I tend to immediately polarize any interactions with them, based on that falsely held notion. When inquired of by a law enforcement officer “Is that alcohol that I smell on your breath?”, my standard and immediate reply has always been “Is that a Doughnut I smell on yours???”

        As you may surmise, my encounters with them usually “Go South” 100% of the time. It’s the little things that seem to ruffle their “Official” feathers, like Did they have to order that hat special for you? You know, to fit a head as weird shaped as yours?”, on recognizing an officer I knew to be from a large family Didn’t anyone ever tell your mother that is a vagina, not a Clown Car?, I could go on (and on, and on, and trust me I tend to!), but you get the general idea.

        I think it may be related to exposure to a cat litter box at an early age, that like the little mice and rats that become unafraid of the cat due to infection with Toxoplasma Gondii, I too may have the same parasite burrowing in my brain, affecting my behavior, and resulting in a great lack of fear of (the cat) authority.

        It could be that alone, or that in combination with barrels and barrels of cheap, cheap gin!

        (they always let me out when I sober up, Michael. I am not of a true ‘criminal bend’, just a noisy, fearless inebriate at times)

  6. Alley Cat Allies are a fantastic organisation and I’d urge everyone to sign and share the petition.

    Hopefully if they get enough signatures, the Department of Corrections can step in and get this feeding ban overturned.

  7. My understanding is that the cats have not been fed for over a month now.

    TNR was permitted; but, now food isn’t allowed.

    I don’t know if a new administration came in or what.

    Honestly, I can see myself throwing sliced open bags of food over the fence.

    • People throw cannabis and cocaine over the fence of prisons, in tennis balls, in the UK πŸ˜‰ Why not food? I don’t think you can do effective TNR without feeding can you? And if so the decision to ban feeding is flawed. Is there a supply of wild food for cats inside the prison? That is a question I guess.

      • I doubt that there is wild food.
        A month is a very long time for cats to be deprived of food. Intolerable to me. I like Alley Cats, but I think that now is the time for a militia to plow in.

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