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Utah ‘Feral Cat Bill’ Shot Down, Cats Aren’t

Written by PETA | March 15, 2011

Ding-dong, the wicked bill is dead. The Utah state Senate killed the so-called “feral cat bill,” which would have allowed people to shoot on sight any cats, dogs, birds, rats, mice, pigs and other animals they thought could potentially be feral or otherwise considered a “nuisance.”

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It sounds like a prank from The Onion, but House Bill 210, proposed by Rep. Curtis Oda, was the real deal, gunning for open season on abandoned and stray animals (although Stephen Colbert did do a side-splitting piece on it).

Rep. Mike Noel, who supported the bill, said it wasn’t a matter of if stray cats were coming for his cows, but when. Okay, if Utah’s homeless cats are tough enough to take down a cow, then we have been looking at the issue of homeland security all wrong.

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Julie Briggs says:

    Thank goodness this bill has been shot down! As a Utah resident I was appalled and disgusted that such a bill could be even considered. My family has fed, humanely trapped, fixed/and vaccinated homeless cats for years. We strive on making a better place for our animals to live and will continue to do so.

  • furpurrfeline8 says:

    Very thankful the bill got shot down! & not the cat’s (and other animals)! Personally I prefure the company of my Cat than I do that of most Humans!

  • Kat says:

    Thank God….

  • MARIMA says:

    i am just shocked shoot cats i dont know what to say any more what next. animals are god creations like all other living beings no one has the right to do what ever they please your not god , thank you so much peta for speaking for animals and thank you to all that care and love animals god bless

  • Jos Meuskens says:

    Odious Curtis rather. Just imagine thousands of guns firing nilly-willy to kill moving targets. Meatloaf for brains methinks

  • Beth says:

    At least some representatives have a brain and a heart. Thank you!

  • anon says:

    Thank god for the Utah state senate. at least we know we can count on someone in power over there.

  • Victory says:

    Why would they EVEN consider the thought is beyond me. Glad for the victory though.

  • noelle chalmers says:

    I am appalled by this. So freaking sad.

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  • kathy says:

    It really sounds like both of these men have psychiatric disorders.

  • Jami says:

    What a ridiculas law. Are you joking? Hey that cat just crapped in my yard…….well then shoot it. It never ceases to amaze me how cruel people can be. Seriously!!!

  • MacKenzie says:

    This is GREAT news for the animals and the people that love them!

  • art1e says:

    what a horrible thing too even consider..killing animals they deem feral or a nuisance,do they think of the actual animals feelings here,why should they be shot when they havent done anything but have BAD owners who where/are meant to look after them?..