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Reverse the Feeding Ban in Stone Harbor, NJ
On September 7, 2004, the town of Stone Harbor, New Jersey, passed
Ordinance 1214 banning the feeding of feral cats. At this meeting,
officials chose to ignore solid information about the effectiveness
of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) which was provided by activists from
throughout the state. Officials have also received offers of
assistance from Alley Cat Allies and from John Queenan, Animal
Control Officer in nearby Cape May. We must continue to put pressure
on Stone Harbor officials to overturn this ineffective and misguided
ordinance by firmly and politely explaining that:
Eradication has been attempted throughout the U.S. for many decades.
Communities that deal with feral cats by trapping and removing them
(either killing or relocating) have as many, if not more, feral cats
now than ever. Full-scale trap-and-remove schemes require a much
larger and on-going allocation of resources (both funds and staff)
than communities can afford to commmit to them.
Public resistance to the killing of healthy animals is growing ever
stronger. It goes beyond a simple refusal to cooperate and has grown
into active interference in municipal efforts to harm cats. Without
community support, a thorough trap-and-kill campaign cannot be
TNR and sterilization programs reduce public health risks because the
cats' health is evaluated and they are vaccinated for rabies. Such
programs reduce cat populations in both the immediate and long-term
by removing adoptable kittens and strays from feral cat colonies and
because healthy, sterile adult cats that remain in the colonies die
out from natural attrition.
Review of all available data concludes that TNR is the only viable
solution for reducing outdoor cat populations and studies reported in
the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA)
backs up these findings. One such study examined eleven feral cat
colonies in Florida and found that TNR plus aggressive adoption
programs resulted in the removal of 47% of the original cats over a
four-year period with no new kittens born in year four.
For further information on Trap-Neuter-Return programs, please read
Please write to the following people TODAY and make your voice heard!
The cats are counting on us!
Kenneth J. Hawk, Stone Harbor Borough Administrator
Suzanne M.Walters, Mayor
Richard A. Redeker, President
Karl A. Giulian, Councilmember
Brian Levinson, Councilmember
Michael J. Donohue, Councilmember
Barbara L. Hersh, Councilmember
James J. Kilsdonk, Councilmember
Barry D. Mastrangelo, Councilmember
Borough Hall 9508 Second Avenue
Stone Harbor, NJ 08247
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