'Feral cat' bill passes Utah House

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  • pedrolobo Phoenix, AZ
    March 2, 2011 11:31 a.m.

    Does anybodyRep. Oda includedreally think HB 210 is going to do anything to improve feral cat management? Wheres the evidence? Has it proven effective anywhere else? Im pretty familiar with the scientific literature on the subject, and I know of no such evidence. Consider, for example, what was done on Marion Island, wheredespite being only 115-square-miles in size, barren, and uninhabitedit took 19 years to eradicate something like 2,200 cats? Using disease (feline distemper), poisoning, intensive hunting and trapping, and dogs.

    HB 210 is little more than a government-sponsored witch hunt. Unlikely to make the slightest difference with regard to the problem is purports to addressand a massive, shameful step backwards in terms of the humane treatment of animals.

    Peter J. Wolf

  • Onward and Upward St George, UT
    March 1, 2011 9:52 p.m.

    Utah has many creative and innovative people who can help solve the feral cat situation in a kind manner. Can we expect our young citizens to be considerate if we allow such a disrespect of life, which is so precious. This bill would be a disgrace to Utah and hurt our tourism status. Those who "meowed" as they voted owe the public an apology, we can set the example in this issue instead of taking our beautiful state down a notch.

  • Murray Dad Murray, UT
    Feb. 27, 2011 9:02 p.m.

    This is laughable.

  • Bernie Greensburg, PA
    Feb. 26, 2011 11:41 p.m.

    My comments were not approved previously on this topic, I guess I hit a nerve. I must have said something politically incorrect, because there was no inappropriate language or words to incite. It was and does condemn the killing of innocent animals, but where will that end. Any loose pet is a target. I would like to have seen you have the original comments posted. They spoke only truth and nothing abusive by any stretch of the imagination.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 9:43 p.m.

    Once again, the Democrats are mischaracterizing a bill, focusing on cats, bringing up the mental images of some cuddly house cat out for a walk. I doubt if the critics have even read the bill (original or amended).

    They probably have no idea of what feral animals do out in the country to farmers livelihood, especially feral dogs. Of course, most Democrats probably think that meat is made in a factory on little plastic trays.

    Hurray for Rep. Oda for standing up for a common sense bill, even though enemies depict it inaccurately.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Feb. 25, 2011 8:26 p.m.

    the Democrats as usually are trying to mischaracterize a good law as something that is laughable. This is a good law. The Democrats have no chance of winning any elections in Utah because they are more intent on mocking the vast majority of the states residents and their goals than they are on enecting legislation that actually works.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Feb. 25, 2011 8:23 p.m.

    If you do not properly restrain you pet cat than it is a feral cat and whoever shoots it is doing a good thing by preventing an over-population caused by your wild cat.

    This law has the effect of making fewer things illegal.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Feb. 25, 2011 8:21 p.m.

    The law should be expanded to also have a provision to clearly allow for self-defense acts against theoretically owned animals to make it impossible for owners to take actions if they have failed to properly restrian their animals.

    Why in the world should we tolerate feral cats that go around and disrupt the balance of nature anyway. Killing them is the best way to keep nature in balance.

  • owlmaster2 Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 6:43 p.m.

    Looks like we've just gotta have a law for everything.

    I am about LAWED OUT. It's becoming a state of check out the law book before you leave the house. Do we really have to have a LAW for everything????

  • scp Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 6:16 p.m.

    "A number of representatives could be heard meowing as they cast their votes."
    Well, isn't that hilarious? How old are they, 10? Don't these people we (not me) elected have more important issues to tackle? Who is to determine if a cat is really feral or someone's pet? This is just an excuse for gun happy idiots to kill anything that moves. Shame on you.

  • Cedarite Cedar City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 5:59 p.m.

    mornixuur: now now, for all we know Mike Noel has teeny little cows the size of rabbits.

  • kay American Fork, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 5:55 p.m.

    well it would be refreshing if our legislators actually did something to help the people who put them there to WORK!

  • mornixuur Layton, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 5:11 p.m.

    "Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, said feral animals are ever-present in rural areas. He said it's not a matter of if they're coming for his cows, but when. "

    Ma! Pa! The cats are after the cattle again!

    Once again, Mike Noel proves he thinks we're idiots. Apparently feral cats go after cows.

  • Tumbleweed Centerville, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 5:07 p.m.

    I suspect this bill won't have much affect on what's already happening. Most everone has assumed shooting wild cats, dogs and pigeons was legal, but they were inadvertently excluded from unprotected wildlife. This made it probable for those protecting crops or livestock to be prosecuted for animal cruelty, an absurd result. Some ranchers prefer to have cats around to control mice. Pigeons can devour thousands of dollars of cattle feed and defacate in livestock feed and water causing disease. Hunters are allowed to shoot unprotected wildlife regardless of their reason for doing so which keeps federal and state governments from having to use tax payer money to pay expensive, paid professional hunters from poisoning them or shooting them from aircraft.

  • TwoCents Cedar City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 4:46 p.m.

    I understand the concerns for farmers, but there is just too much room to wiggle here. I can just see people who find 'feral' cats and decide to take out their anger from a bad day by playing target practice. There are a lot of people who don't like cats, and could easily use this as an excuse to 'help' our communities. So it's okay to kill in certain areas... hmmm.... cats can easily be moved there.

    Long story short: I'm not happy with this at all.

  • Catman Murray, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 4:40 p.m.

    Would this bill also work with regard to dogs?