Would this bill also work with regard to dogs?
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.
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.
"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
well it would be refreshing if our legislators actually did something to help
the people who put them there to WORK!
mornixuur: now now, for all we know Mike Noel has teeny little cows the size of
"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.
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????
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.
scp, 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.owlmaster, This law has the effect of
making fewer things illegal.
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.
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
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.
This is laughable.
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.
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