A recent bill which was passed in Utah's House of Representatives, but luckily shot down before the Senate, would have made it LEGAL to kill cats!
The bill was in response to the states feral cat problem and would have allowed anyone to kill an animal that they judged to be feral while being exempt from animal cruelty charges.
Cats aren't rats! This bill would have made it all too easy for trigger happy cat haters to take aim at family pets who are free to wander or escape their domestic confines.
Thank heavens for Best Friends Animal Society who fought the bill by voicing their objections, while educating people on their safe and effective TNR (trap, neuter, return) program.
With the help of Utah Senator Dennis Stowell, the Best Friends Animal Society had their proven TNR program passed as the officially sanctioned method of dealing with the feral feline population.
On top of the safe trapping methods, the bill increased "hold time" in shelters from three to five days, which gives animals more time to be adopted or for owners to locate their lost pets.
That was a close call that could have easily become reality had it not been for the tireless work of the animal activists at Best Friends, so on behalf of Teddy Hilton, THANK YOU!
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