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  • fishpiggs
    https://secure2.convio.net/aspca/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=SplashPage&id=1983&autologin=true&JServSessionIdr012=329q3ij8r4.app25b Illinois: HR 1235,
    Message 1 of 1 , May 2, 2006

      Illinois: HR 1235, in the House Rules Committee, Recognizes Feral Cats

      Bill Number: HR 1235
      Primary Sponsor: Rep. Sara Feigenholtz
      ASPCA Position: Support
      Action Needed: Please click here to send a letter to your
      representative asking them to support HR 1235.

      HR 1235, in the House Rules Committee recognizes October 16 as
      National Feral Cat Day

      The ASPCA supports the principle of managed colonies for feral cat
      population control until the colony size can be reduced by attrition.
      Managed feral colonies should include trapping, vaccination,
      neutering/spaying, and permanent identification including
      microchipping and ear "tipping"(surgical removal of the tip of one e
      as a visible sign that the cat has been sterilized and belongs to a
      managed colony).

      Feral cats are free-roaming domestic cats who either never were
      socialized by humans or have been on their own outdoors and have
      reverted to a wild state. Adult feral cats typically cannot be
      handled, however the kittens of feral cats may be able to be handled
      and socialized if efforts begin when they are only a few weeks of age.
      It is estimated that tens of millions of feral cats live in the United
      States and gather together in colonies wherever there are reliable
      sources of food, water and shelter. At this time, the most humane and
      effective strategy for controlling feral cat populations is
      trap/neuter/return, or TNR, whereby all the cats in a colony are
      trapped, sterilized, and returned to their colony, ideally to be
      managed by a caretaker who monitors the animals' health and remains
      vigilant that any newcomers are immediately sterilized. This
      stabilizes the population of the colony and, over time, reduces it. At
      the same time, the objectionable spraying, vocalizing and fighting
      behaviors of the colony are largely eliminated.

      Please click here
      to send a letter to your representative asking them to support HR 1235.
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