I ask again what right do you have to let your cat wander on land that doesnít belong to you?
The law is wrote in many areas to deal with pest animals so they allow shooting them. It allows people to shoot first and ask questions later. Now it is typically used on dogs after livestock but I have heard of it for cats after birds or causing other disruptions.
Cheile: there is no leash law for cats so comparing roaming cats to roaming dogs is like comparing the Andromeda to today's airplanes.
Some areas do have leash laws and containment laws for cats and really urban areas should have them.
Cheile: and them chasing a few birds is NOT A REASON TO MURDER CATS. anyone who feeds birds should know that cats who may chase those birds come with the territory and not whine about it.
It is their
private property not your
cats private playground. They have a right to feed birds on their property without your cat trespassing and trying to make a snack of them. Now myself I hope they kindly walk over to the house and tell the owner to control their cat and keep it off my property. Then try some nonlethal ways to drive it away and if that doesnít work then I say trap it and let the SPCA deal with it. If someone does all that including the SPCA and whatever the problem is persists then I canít blame the property owner for shooting the cat. I would be sad over it and feel that the cat should be sent to another more responsible owner before that but there are limits. Of course there are less legal issues about shooting the cat then kidnapping it to a location and shelter where the owners wonít find it.
the cat owner for not being responsible enough to realize part of the responsibility of having a pet is controlling it and insuring it doesnít become a neighborhood pest.
PS The Bird feeder could argue that it was justifiable self defense to protect the birds.
Cheile: then there's no reason to murder them if you yourself have proven that to be so effective.
It works on some cats and really it takes some skill with a slingshot. In addition most cats are dumb enough to return several times. Or if you get a really stubborn one like we currently do than it just runs off and returns. The point is that it doesnít work on all cats but myself I would rather live trap or slingshot them. That said when they start to threaten our own cats or pets than shooting them is on the table.
Cheile: if this jerk actually gets people to pass this he better be prepared to have his a** sued when he murders someone's beloved feline family member because said cat was acting on INSTINCT.
Good luck floating that one in court in many states. Many areas have clauses that allow for the shooting of pets and animals that are being pests on private property.
if he assumes they are all feral cats, then he should get the local animal control to lend him some humane traps so they can be caught and taken to a shelter.
Iíve used humane traps and while they are good many cats will get smart of them and wonít go near them. On top of that if the trespassing cat is attacking your animals then you shouldnít have to mess around with trying to trap it. The better option is just to shoot it with a .22.
You want a pet then have the responsibility to take care of it properly and that means preventing it from being a pest and wandering on the land of people who donít want it there.
Edited by CJ AEGIS, 09 March 2005 - 12:51 AM.
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