Republican Proposes Shooting Feral Animals

Utah state representative Curt Oda has proposed a bill that would allow the shooting of feral animals, pests, and rodents. His bill would allow citizens to kill these animals, even if they were only suspected of being feral. Shoot first, ask questions later? It almost sounds like a return to the Stone Age, except with guns instead of clubs. (Though Oda says that clubbing would be an acceptable method.)

“It would allow people to go to a feral cat colony and kill all of them. It’s an archaic bill,” said Gene Baierschmidt, executive director of the Humane Society of Utah. (Source:

Archaic, yes, but more to the point, barbaric. The text of the bill reads, “… the provisions of this bill do not affect or prohibit the humane shooting or killing of an animal if the person doing the shooting or killing has a reasonable belief that the animal is a feral animal.” (Source: So the judgment of the shooter is the key aspect of process? What happens when someone shoots a pet cat? How about when shooters miss, and bullets hit someone’s home or even another person?

Also don’t feral cats kill rodents on their own, and provide this service to society for free? Now that’s a bill we can get behind; shoot the cats, so we have to deal with more rodents. Pigeons are also prey for feral cats, so keeping cats around is good for controlling pigeon populations naturally as well.

It isn’t likely the bill will pass, but there is a good chance all the negative publicity will hurt Oda’s re-election efforts. One Twitter user has been mocking the bill with such comments as, “Killing of feral cats will break up families. Isn’t Utah about family?” (Source: Oda has also received threats via e-mail over his proposal.

The Best Friends Animal Society says 20,000 cats are euthanized already each year in Utah. They have a more humane approach to dealing with feral cat overpopulation — spaying and neutering. They are holding a spaying and neutering campaign for the entire month of February.

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donald Baumgartner

I know i'm 3 yrs late, but how dumb can he { repugs} be??

Mary E.
Mary E4 years ago

Wow- thanks for the share. My sister lives in Utah so am going to be sure she reads this one.

Katherine Head
Katherine Head5 years ago

WHAT??? And people like this are running for presidents!
Vote Democratic!

Scott Vonwolf
Scott haakon6 years ago

get your facts straight. The problem is that this bill would cover urban and rural areas, Not a good idea. In rural areas it is one very different thing than a urban neighborhood.

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener6 years ago

Next time I hope a headline says;


Past Member
Past Member 6 years ago

this is incredibly stupid as well as unbelievably cruel! Not to mention ILLEGAL! it's against the law in every state to shoot cats or dogs. Impeach that heartless jerk and elect someone who'll do the right thing!

Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman6 years ago

noted :0

Karilyn K.
Karilyn K6 years ago

What's wrong with Oda? Cats, squirrels, birds etc being shot at... look out for the flying bullets in your Utah communities. Ignorant and cruel.

Joe Morgan
Joe Morgan6 years ago

This bill is horrendous and inhumane

Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M6 years ago

Thanks Jake. I do not like the idea of shooting I hate guns...but that is another story. If it has to be...why not traps and take them to the SPCA where they would deal with them. I understand what Scott V is saying about some breeds not having much of a gene pool...but I disagree that spaying and neutering is bad. How else can the populations of dogs and cats be kept in check. The shelters and SPCA's are having a big struggle already with unwanted animals. There wouldn't be so many ferals if people acted responsibly....not dropping them off along some roadside and let them run wild. We have had several wild dog packs in the area where I live...and boy you have to really watch your animals and not leave any food outside. They have attacked Lamas and Alpacas in the area also. Eventually some were caught, others shot (which I disagree with).