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    The Cape May Cats Still Need Your Support! Dear Supporter: If you have not done so already, PLEASE take a moment to sign the Petition
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 27, 2008
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        The Cape May Cats Still Need Your Support!

      Dear Supporter:

      If you have not done so already, PLEASE take a moment to sign the Petition and show your support for Cape May's cats!

      The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection are threatening the lives of all cats in Cape May - owned, stray and feral. These agencies will pull the plug on Cape May ’s beach-sand replenishment program for 2008 if the city will not agree to adopt a flawed beach management plan that ends the successful Trap-Neuter-Return program. A sand replenishment program is critical for Cape May because its beaches are eroding away.

      The version of the Beach Management Plan that the New Jersey Department of Fish and Wildlife Service is pushing on Cape May is a death sentence to cats. It calls for:

      • A zone 1000 feet wide where no colonies, feral cats or free-roaming cats could exist. The zone could be increased at the discretion of the New Jersey Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Cats in this zone will be caught and killed.
      • When fully phased in, the plan could require ANY cat found outside to be caught and killed. 

      The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has presented no evidence that cats in Cape May are causing any harm to endangered species in the area. The federal government’s own studies show that habitat destruction and modification are the greatest threats to endangered shorebirds.

      Cape May’s Trap-Neuter-Return program is widely supported in the community and has been highly successful at humanely reducing the population of stray and feral cats. The city’s feral cat population has dropped to just 100 cats today, down from around 450 cats in the mid-1990's.

      If Cape May's Trap-Neuter-Return program is forced to end, outdoor cats will be trapped and killed. Nationwide, 70 to 72% of cats entering shelters are killed, and for feral cats, this statistic rises to virtually 100%.

      Take action now by signing the Petition!

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