Making decisions based on how you feel rather then based on what is right

by Wendy
(Michigan)

The epidemic we have with cats domesticated and feral, comes from having no laws that hold irresponsible cat owners responsible and accountable for their cats.

I believe in the welfare of the cats, humans, wildlife, environment as a whole. I don’t believe in the TNR program because TNR only focuses on the cats. When we as a people only focus on one specific thing it causes us to not see the whole picture, it unbalances us.

We need a balance so that everyone involved benefits in a positive way. The balance in my own personal opinion is all organizations: ASPCA, Humane society, TNR, vet offices, Animal Control and others that work with cats we put our differences aside and do what is in the best interest for the cats, wildlife and humans and our environment.

Look at what we can do as one to create and promote and enforce cat laws. Many people will be for it and many against it, What I have to say about that is we can’t please everyone, we must base our decisions on what we know is right, we must not base our decisions on how we feel, feelings are a emotion that can cause you to use bad judgments therefore hindering one to do what is right. I see people say a lot when you ask them to keep their cats indoors or speak about laws for cats they call you a cat hater. I simply know this person lacks logic skills, sometimes we have to make decisions that are right for all, some people are incapable of doing right in certain areas in there lives.

Is it not common sense to keep your animals supervised and safe? Allowing cats to roam unsupervised places them in harms way to be killed. We must promote keeping cats safe inside. It is a big step and a right one. If we had cat laws we would not have the feral, domesticated, stray cat epidemic we have now.

We can’t ignore this problem, TNR is only a band aid, it does not fix the root of the problem. Laws will fix the root of the problem. No consequences = anarchy.

Wendy

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Making decisions based on how you feel rather then based on what is right

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May 01, 2011 I agree
by: Rose

What is right is caring for cats as they should be cared for.Yes there should be laws but in a country where cats are second class citizens to dogs that is unlikely to happen.
Yes they are,just mention declawing a dog and there is shock and horror,but mention declawing a cat and it’s accepted as routine.
TNR may only be a band aid but if it stops at least some kittens being born to a life of struggling to survive and being chased away,even shot at by cat haters,then it’s better than nothing.
Until people stop treating cats as disposable goods there will be no improvement possible.


May 01, 2011 Cats deserve happy lives
by: Ruth

You need an Animal Welfare Act over there like we have in the UK. It hasn’t totally wiped out animal abuse of course as there will always be cruel people who pick on the vulnerable (human AND animal) But it does make most people care for their pets as they should be.
You also need a Cats Protection society.
TNR works for us, I know our country isn’t anywhere near as large as yours but our CP has brought many feral colonies under control.
Feral cats are a person made problem and people need educating as to the fact that cats are NOT possessions, they are living feeling beings with rights.
I agree cats should be kept indoors IF it’s unsafe where you live, but we who live in safe cat friendly places have no reason to deny our cats their freedom and the fulfilled life that brings them.
Did you know that declawing started in your country when people started keeping their cats indoors ? This cruel surgery was invented rather than the cats being provided with the scratching posts they need and are easily taught to use.
Millions of cats are now lifelong prisoners with no toe ends and nothing to do but sit looking out of the window, many suffering lifelong pain.
If a cat must live totally indoors they need their claws and the stimulation they would have outdoors, they need lots of attention, scratching posts, toys and kitty grass.
That’s what is important, making their lives happy and fulfilled under whatever the circumstances they live and caring about all cats wordwide, not only our own.


Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in a many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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