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Update - April 13 -  Wisconsin Governor Rejects Cat-Hunting Idea

Update - April 12 -   Wisconsin Residents Approve Hunting Cats

For those of you who have AOL, You have an opportunity to un officially vote your opinion on line. Here is the link:
At the present time there were 12,702 votes cast reflecting  69% against and 31% for.
Even though it is a 7 to 3 margin opposed, we all need to support those who are trying to defeat this Bill. We want a positive precedent in this matter showing people are against such an inhumane solution.
Marvin O'Dell, Independent Feral cat caretaker
Member: No More Homeless Pets in Kansas City


As some of you may or may not know, some idiot here in Wisconsin has proposed that feral cats be removed from "protected" status & thus would be liable to being killed without cause.  House pets allowed outside would also be threatened if they are not seen to be wearing a collar & who can see from a distance whether a cat has a collar or not!  All cats in Wisconsin, pets or ferals, would be at extreme risk if this proposal is allowed to go on the ballot.
I am contacting you to ask you to go to the site http://www.dontshootthecat.com & sign the online petition.  You do NOT have to be a resident of Wisconsin to do so. Please do it for the cats!
Humankind has not woven the web of life.  We are but one thread within it.  Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.  All things are bound together.  All things connect.

Excellent advice.  Please share it and do what you can to respond to Question 62! 


Kathi McDermott

Community Program Manager

 Best Friends Animal Society
No More Homeless Pets

P.O. Box

Nixa, MO 65714


"Kindness to animals builds a better world for all of us."


From: Best Friends, Deborah [mailto:deborahd@bestfriends.org]
Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2005 11:11 AM
To: bfnmembers
Subject: WI Cat Hunting Proposal - What You Can Do

 Dear Best Friends Network Member,

 We are writing to give you the most recent update in feral cat situation in Wisconsin.

 We have recently been alerted that the previous statement that only Wisconsin residents could vote on Question 62 was a misconception. You do NOT have to be a resident to make your voice heard.

 There are various ways to do this:

 Attend the Meetings – Meetings will take place in every county in Wisconsin on Monday, April 11, 2005 at 7 p.m. Check http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/nrboard/congress/sh/lo/index.htm  for the meeting closest to where you live (Wisconsin residents should attend the meeting in their county).

 Spread the Word - Keep people talking about this until April 11th so interest does not die down. Send an email to everyone in your address book and tell them to go to www.dontshootthecat.com. Talk about this in chat rooms, on forums and on your blog.

 Contact the Departments of Tourism and Commerce - Let them know that if it becomes legal to hunt cats in Wisconsin, the economy will certainly suffer and you will not be visiting their state.

 Secretary of Tourism Jim Holperin


 Secretary of Commerce Mary Burke


 Keep checking www.dontshootthecat.com for the most recent information about the Don't Shoot the Cat Campaign.  The media page has links to many of the newspaper articles that have been written. They’ll soon be posting a downloadable flyer that you can post to spread awareness.

 If Question 62 passes, any cat outside, unattended and not wearing a collar could be killed on the spot.

 For more information on free-roaming cats and how to care for them humanely visit Alley Cat Allies at www.alleycat.org.

 Thank you for being a part of the Network and for all that you do!


 Deborah Delgado-Hand

No More Homeless Pets

Best Friends Animal Society

5001 Angel Canyon

Kanab, Utah 84741

(435) 644-3965 ext. 4401