AR-News: Urgent Action Alert for Pennsylvania Activists
feral at friendsofanimals.org
Wed Oct 1 18:29:32 EDT 2003
With Friends like PeTA, Do Cats Need Enemies? Setting the Record Straight on Feral Cats
For Immediate Release
1 October 2003
Dear Penna. Activists,
"Trap-neuter-return" ("TNR") is the process of trapping feral cats in humane traps, having them altered and vaccinated, and returning them to their original location. In a TNR program, a feral cat colony caretaker, who is usually a volunteer rescue worker, feeds the cats on a regular basis and brings them to a veterinarian if they require medical assistance. The resultant group of cats, including any new cats entering the caretaker's sphere, is known as a managed feral cat colony.
Pennsylvania is currently considering a rulemaking proposal to amend the Pennsylvania Administrative Code and ban TNR. Friends of Animals recommends that animal advocates oppose the amendment as proposed, so that caretakers of feral cats can be supported -- not impeded. Friends of Animals requests that our members write to the governor and to the Commission and urge that the Commission exemption TNR programs from the scope of any amendment to it Administrative Code. Please write immediately to urge the PA Governor and the Game Commission not to hamper the efforts of feral cat caretakers. Ask them to ensure that feral cats are exempt from the proposed amendment of of Title 58, Chapter 137.2 of the Pennsylvania Administrative Code.
To find arguments to use in your personal letters to the Governor, visit our informational site at www.friendsofanimals.org/tnr/faq.htm.
Step 1. Contact Governor Rendell
225 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120
Telephone: (717) 787-2500
governor at state.pa.us
You can also e-mail the Governor by going to the following Internet page:
Step 2. Contact the PA Game Commission (please submit 10 copies of any comments)
J. Carl Graybill, Jr.
Director, Information and Education
2001 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110-9797
Friends of Animals is an international animal advocacy organization working on behalf of the interests of both free-living and domestic animals.
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