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  1. Our group nokill-newyork.org and New York Animal Rights Alliance America will be gathering at 6pm on October 21, 2014 outside of Town Hall to protest and demonstrate against this ban. We will enter into the Town Hall at 7pm sharp to present public comment to be entered into public record. I will be in West Orange handing out fliers to the residents to encourage their attendance and participation. This ban is unconstitutional with government intruding into the lives of private citizens on their private property and it is inhumane on every level. We will offer help and solutions to the town of West Orange for their perceived problem with community (feral) cats. For the citizens of West Orange who feel they need assistance and are not receiving it, please call our organization (845) 856-7366. Thank you for this article Elisa.

  2. City/town council members and County Commissioners are like first responders. Their jobs are to stabilize the situation as fast as possible.

    Because there are always complaints pouring in about free-roaming and ferals, they have an obligation to act in order to appease that part of the community.

    It might be different if there were call-ins from people who don’t mind or even love those cats. But, that will never happen. And, why should it? How many people feel the need to call about pleasantries?

    I think this situation in New Jersey may have come about because of a failure of cat lovers to respond. Local meetings are always posted and made public. The agendas are always spelled out. If there is any sort of cat issue listed in my area, I will be there. There may or may not be others.

    TNR and ordinances enacted would never have come about here if it weren’t for a small cat rescue group fighting for it and taking full responsibility. The ASPCA has no interest here and the Humane Society cries “poor” (LOL!) all of the time. But, the program excels because of a handful of driven people who work hard and rely on donations and benefits to keep it going. Now they are receiving grants too. In my county alone, there are 330 manage feral colonies and over 2500 neuterings have been done in the past 2 years.
    I’m honored to be associated with them.

  3. This law makes no sense, for reasons too numerous to go into here. This is is going to backfire on the bird-lovers who hate feral cats – if people are forbidden to feed the cats, they will be hungrier and kill more BIRDS!!

    • Pam, the very same thought went through my mind when I read this article. Whilst it’s true that amongst well fed pet cats some continue to hunt, many are simply not bothered. A BBC documentary earlier this year revealed that many British cats with access to the outdoors, prefer sneaking into another cat’s home to steal their food, rather than hunting prey for an extra meal. Regardless of their natural predatory drive, a starving cat will be obliged to hunt if that’s it’s only source of food.

      I believe that the feeding ban could also result in more fights over territory as the available food sources dwindle.

      Why won’t the US wake up to TNR programmes. I really don’t understand the continued resistance, because it really is the only humane long term solution to the problem of strays and ferals.

      Personally I’d like to see microchipping of all pet cats made compulsory. Many of those stray cats are lost or abandoned pets and microchips would identify those who abandon their animals. It would also help identify those who don’t bother having their cats neutered/spayed, which is another contributing factor to the number of homeless cats.

      As for the ban, well I would be a repeat offender or end up taking in all the local strays. (Two of my three cats were adult strays I took in. The other one was rescued from the streets of Cyprus as a kitten).

      • TNR, with mandatory vaccines and microchipping, is coming into play big time here.
        This article isn’t typical of what the reality is in much of the U.S.
        In fact, microchipping here is way ahead of the UK. Today, most any cat taken in to be neutered, are required to be implantd with a microchip.
        Maybe, it is different in the U.K. because no one ever thinks of their cat being lost, stolen, or needed to be identified when found dead.

        • Dee, I hope the ban isn’t typical, but I’ve read some nasty stuff said on-line about what should happen with stray and feral cats. Sadly some of those comments came from cat owners.

          I’ve no idea what the current uptake in microchipping is in the UK, but it’s becoming increasingly popular because most cats are allowed an indoor-outdoor lifestyle if they choose. I’ve been getting my cats chipped since 2003 and most of my friends have their cats chipped too. The government has introduced legislation to make it compulsory for all dogs in the UK to be microchipped and registered by 2016. I wish they’d included cats in this piece of legislation.

          • I agree because the government needs to force the cat owners who are less responsible to be more responsible, which will humanely reduce stray cat numbers. The population of strays in America and the UK I suppose has been stable and too high for too long.

  4. I never understand these feeding bans. Essentially, they are saying to starve them out, rather than catch and kill. It has not proven to be successful any time this option is chosen. TNR works and is humane and compassionate.

  5. Elisa. I thought of mentioning that putting a No Trespassing sign on the gate would be needed. demanding $100 to recover your kitty sounds like blackmail to me. “Pay up otherwise your cat gets the chop” , or possibly illegal retention of property. The shelter can claim that the cay caused $100 worth of expenses for them, but you never asked them to collect and keep your cat, and had no contract with them for any expenses or maintenance. That law could easily be overturned , but who has the time for such miserable things? There are so many crass laws which look more illegal than legal. and always involve the matter of money changing hands.
    Ahsan. People who get into government unfortunately are despotic by nature and self-seeking. They are the last people to elect to have power over other people. They are often psychotic and seek power to in order to abuse and manipulate the public as well as enrich themselves at the expense of the electorate.

  6. I have always being in NEGATIVE IDEAS with the governments all over the world. They are selfish, mean and very greedy. They seem to be only looking for their own interests. It is very shameful when I vote a man, who I trust that when he will become powerful enough to solve the problems which in general being myself part of the “public”, we hope, we expect, we wait …. but unfortunately, we get cruelty orders and those rules & regulations which are inhumane from every aspect of humanity.

    I know, they have funds to tackle the problems, I know that they can intervene in positive ways. But they are greedy more than dogs. Shame on them, shame, shame, shame…..

      • I cant believe they done that. It’s not like they are causing Trouble Or Harm. Those Poor Cats. I agree with what others have said. How are they going to notice the difference between house Cats and Feral or Stray. Things really are getting bad in America arent they. Makes me thankful I dont live there. Still makes me feel annoyed.

  7. How do they know if the food you put outside is for a stray or your own cat? Do they also ban having your own cat outside so that any food outside would be intended only for strays? I think there would be many places on a private property where no-one could see such food except by trespassing.

    • Very good point Harvey. Perhaps people should put out no trespassing signs to tell the town to mind their own business. I would imagine any cat outdoors would be fair game for them to trap and take away. I don’t know about NJ, but many shelters in SC charge close to $100 to get your cat out of shelter jail. But if it’s believed to be feral it could be euthanised right away.

  8. Not only does this legislation seem to be misconceived with respect to feral and stray cats it is upsetting for people who like to feed wildlife.

    It seems to be a desperate measure to reduce feral cat populations but it is not backed by proper analysis.

    The authorities don’t like the “feral cat problem” across the USA but don’t know how to deal with it.

    Surely the answer is to tackle the root cause of the problem (poor cat ownership) while extending TNR programs.

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