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Tell the Smithsonian: Stop Spreading Junk Science That Will Kill Cats ! PLEASE SIGN ! !

Animals  (tags: animals, AnimalWelfare, cats, environment, protection, suffering )

- 1919 days ago -
Articles scapegoating cats have been all over the news. These stories are based on biased research that could lead to more outdoor cats being rounded up and killed.

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Pat B (356)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 7:08 am
TU, Cher. Done.

Ruth C (87)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 7:14 am

Elizabeth O (94)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 7:21 am

Kay M (347)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 8:18 am

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 8:19 am
NS&S. This one and others. Thank you for signing our petition telling the Smithsonian to stop spreading lies

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 8:35 am
Thank you for standing with us to save cats' lives! Alley Cat Allies is committed to advocating for an end to the killing of cats, leading the movement for change, and protecting the lives of cats.

aj E (164)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 8:40 am

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 9:12 am
S&n thx:)))

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Sunday February 17, 2013, 9:48 am

Anna Undebeck (256)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 10:13 am
N&S. Thanks.

naomi cohen (55)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 11:02 am
so signed. thank you for this, cher.

gabriela v (172)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 11:18 am
Signed and share, thank you!

Ritva J (115)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 1:19 pm
N. & S.

Ann P (17)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 1:19 pm
Noted and signed. L♡ve ☮ Peace.

Alison A (244)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 1:23 pm
Signed and noted, thanks Cher.

Anne W (11)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 1:45 pm
Signed. I hope it works.

Ruth M (235)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 1:47 pm
Signed & noted

Louise G (1)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 2:12 pm
Noted and signed, thanks.

Kevin A (64)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 2:39 pm
I see nothing in the article that supports the claim that "junk-science" is involved. I have seen over the years than science that provides results contrary to a particular group's belief system gets labeled as "junk science" by that group. (See "Theory of Evolution" and the religious right.) Simply don't call it "junk science" without also providing evidence to the contrary.

There are no less than 20 feral cats that live within four blocks of my home. The local quail population is the primary food source for these cats when not raiding dog dishes or getting handouts from some of the local ladies. Our financially strapped city does not have a spay & neuter clinic and cannot afford to fund one. I have not seen the cities animal control officer pursuing feral cats, though he may well be setting live capture traps that I am unaware of.

Elaine Al Meqdad (283)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 2:40 pm
S & N!!!

Evelyn B (79)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 2:52 pm
Noted and Signed Tks. Cher....

Amy E (66)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 4:59 pm

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 6:17 pm
Noted and happily signed for cats everywhere!!!

Thomas P (280)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 6:24 pm
Noted and signed...thanks Cher. Kevin A...have you ever "pursued" a feral cat? You won't have much success capturing one if you have. Respectfully, if you don't know that the animal control officer you speak of is setting a live trap, then don't make the same leap you claim the article does. It is junk science because there is no proof that cats are the reason for what the study claims. Of course cats kill birds...that is instinctive in them. But why are more birds seemingly killed? Is it because cats are more aggressive now than they have been? I think not. Research the so called study; it isn't about "science." The so called study fails to address the issue of birds and other mammals being chased out of their natural habitats by logging, development, pollution, and a handful of other reasons, all of which have nothing to do with cats and everything to do with humans and the harm we are causing to the environment. The observation you made and your point about the theory of evolution and the religious right is well taken...however it isn't analogous in this case. I too have an observation. It seems that those who are bird lovers will advocate for any solution they think will reduce bird deaths, including the killing of millions of feral cats, while those of us who truly love all animals, including (and maybe even particularly) cats, NEVER advocate for the killing of any animal as a solution to any problem, real or imagined. Research the study isn't in the article above, but most objective, reasonable people who love all animals come to the conclusion that it most certainly is a flawed study.

Many of us live in communities that don't have TNR programs, and the majority of us try our best to either socialize the ferals and/or take them in. We also feed them, as most of us believe it is never ok to kill a viable animal simply because it is feral and has no home. And almost all of us who do this are also environmentalists, and we simply don't buy into this junk science, as that's exactly what it is. Killing of feral cats will NEVER be a solution that the majority of us will consider acceptable or could allow without doing everything in our power to fight it, nor is it either a humane or intelligent solution.

Julie E (405)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 7:43 pm
Noted and signed.

Barb Knight (1688)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 8:30 pm
Well said Thomas!! Thnx Cher, I signed!!

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 11:45 pm
Signed and noted. Couldn't send a green star to Thomas as I have done so in the last week.

Sonia Minwer Barakat Reque (60)
Monday February 18, 2013, 12:57 am
N & S

Victoria Pohrebna (279)
Monday February 18, 2013, 3:06 am

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Monday February 18, 2013, 3:37 am

Andrea Nemec (213)
Monday February 18, 2013, 4:02 am
Noted and signed! Thanks!

Danuta W (1249)
Monday February 18, 2013, 4:25 am

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Monday February 18, 2013, 5:52 am
noted & signed (Thank you for standing with us to save cats' lives!
Thank you for signing our petition telling the Smithsonian to stop spreading lies that will kill cats.)

penny C (83)
Monday February 18, 2013, 7:41 am

Laurie S (73)
Monday February 18, 2013, 7:43 am
Thank you for signing our petition telling the Smithsonian to stop spreading lies that will kill cats.

Past Member (0)
Monday February 18, 2013, 9:08 am

Lisa N (206)
Monday February 18, 2013, 12:34 pm
Thank you for signing our petition telling the Smithsonian to stop spreading lies that will kill cats.

Sandra s (130)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 5:55 pm

Sylvie B (42)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 6:01 pm
Noted and signed.

Thomas P.'s thoughts resonate with my and I too must object to Kevin A.'s comment.

The claim about cats being responsible for a sharp decline in wild bird populations sure is exaggerated. They do hunt them, but flying birds are not so easy to catch; they certainly kill more rodents, I reckon. Moreover, there is no real guilt on the part of cats, since they just do what nature intends them to do to survive. It is reminiscent of people advocating seal hunt on the basis of a misguided notion that seals are to blame for the depletion of fish! Let us admit, people are usually the biggest culprits in these cases... Thus, this sounds like a pretext for the killing of stray cats in a situation that offers no justifiable reason to do so -- this is just a way of giving vent to somebody's hate for cats, whom they want out, which I will NOT condone. Abandoned domestic animals represent a problem of human making. Cats can be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and offered for adoption. Besides, people who defend one species while harming another are no real animal lovers. I love both cats and birds, seeing no conflict in it. Cats are little predators, thus acting accordingly, which is part of a natural order -- I pity little birdies, but so would I pity starving cats. And that which lies in our hands should always be peaceful and done in all fairness.

Elizabeth M (65)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 1:46 pm
Noted and signed with thanks Cher.

Beth M (138)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 4:01 pm

Valerie Disle (66)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 5:43 pm
signed and noted

Carol H (229)
Monday February 25, 2013, 4:01 am
signed and noted

Yvonne F (181)
Sunday April 14, 2013, 6:34 am
So signed!!! Thanks Cher
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