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Tell the Smithsonian: Stop Spreading Lies That Will Kill Cats! - Alley Cat Allies


Animals  (tags: AnimalWelfare, cats, endangered, killed, suffering, sadness, humans, ethics, pets, death, animals, protection )

Elizabeth
- 590 days ago - getinvolved.alleycat.org
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. The new so-called "study," funded by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and...



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NicoleAWAY W. (631)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 9:26 am
signed and shared, thank you Elizabeth
 

Florence Eaise (132)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 9:42 am
Thanks so much for posting this important petition signed noted tweeted and shared thanks again Elizabeth
 

Mari 's (1364)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 9:49 am
Noted:)
 

Tomoko Harris (83)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 10:00 am
Noted and signed! Shame on Smithsonian, you think they know better.
 

pirjo sundqvist (160)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 10:04 am
It´s not the Smithsonian that is killing cats :) Careless owners are to blame for the masses of homeless sk. feral cats and You who let your cat roam outside unsupervised are contributing. Keep Your Cats Indoors and nobody gets hurt :) Nobody in their right mind would let their threeyear old child or dog out to survive..so why do we let our cats do that? They are good killers and get poisoned and hurt by their instinct to hunt. Cats Live Longer and Heathier Indoors!!
 

Kay M. (351)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 10:06 am
kept getting an error when i submitted, so hope it registered.
 

Barry Berger (212)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 10:10 am
But unfortunately the Smithsonian...and so many other historical studies that have been done are right about cats killing birds. The real problem though is not cats but people who want the 'fun' of a pet but don't accept their responsibilities. I love all animals..cats and birds but because cats purr and snuggle up to you doesn't mean they are any more important in the big picture than you or me or a bird... If people acted responsibly - kept their cats inside and had them neutered and wild colonies were neutered more effectively, we'd get a handle on this problem but denying it exists doesn't help anybody :(
 

Jill Vickerman (426)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 10:30 am
This has even been on our news station on radio and probably TV as well, this is all we need is all this hate speech, its true that people who dont like cats immediately pick up on it and say "You See! Cats are all Killers!" and that starts the campaign against cats...this is the problem that this kind of article brings..If it was about sharks it would be the same, it would bring all the shark haters out of the woodwork.
Some people dont need much of an excuse to be cruel.
 

Melania Padilla (179)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 11:08 am
Done before! I was going to post this, thank you Elizabeth for doing it!
 

jo M. (3)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 12:09 pm
So you want us to petition the Smithsonian to subvert the truth about cats and their killing capabilities? And you think hiding the truth will save cats lives? Is that worth the price of lying to the public? Maybe what the truth will do instead is help open the public's eyes to the damage that allowing their cats outside does, and the need to spay and neuter their animals. There are many reasons birds (one cat victim in particular) are declining and ignoring the cat factor is as wrong as ignoring any of the other factors. Face the truth and deal with it!
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 12:33 pm
jo M - feral cats do what they do in order to eat. Where is the study on cats killed by skunks, raccoon, rats, and dogs? Put this into perspective.
where does spaying/neutering come into this? This, yes, does have to do with people letting their cats outdoors.
 

Elizabeth O. (87)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 1:08 pm
Signed.
 

Julie P. (55)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 6:06 pm
Signed.
Thank you so much for posting Elizabeth
 

jo M. (3)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 11:55 pm
It isn't just feral cats, Allan. House cats, and well fed at that, do as much killing. I doubt there are individual skunks, racoons, rats, and dogs killing numerous cats everyday, nor even coyotes, cougars, owls, or wolves. Although a cougar did camp out behind our house on the edge of town and snack on numerous cats, including one of ours. Spaying and neutering means fewer cats, feral or not, to kill our wildlife.
 

back soon no-mail (388)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 12:04 am
Done, of course! Thank you Elizabeth.
 

Christeen Anderson (490)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 2:15 am
Done.
 

Danuta Watola (1199)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 2:24 am
noted
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 5:15 am
s&n thx:)
 

Barbara Erdman (63)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 5:55 am
N & S Elizabeth ::-0Tnx
 

Jan Garen (76)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 9:35 am
The day any animal can compete with humans for the number of animals they kill and destroy will never come. What a bloody cheek for a species responsible for the wanton destruction and extinction of millions to blame cats for anything at all!
 

Debbie Williamson (266)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 11:01 am
Signed. I saw this report on t.v. news and knew it was going to cause cat murder. Thanks very much for posting this and a green star for you, Elizabeth.
 

Colleen Prinssen (14)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 11:51 am
my cat killed a vole two days ago. I will practice taxidermy with the vole. hurrah for my cat. he deserves his trophy to be preserved and mounted.
 

Pego R. (42)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 12:19 pm
Yet another ill-researched, ill-constructed petition out of C2. Cats are obligate carnivores. You fat house-cat "may" not bother with hunting (tho you may be in for some news if you ever put a collar cam on him) but if you let him (or your dog) breed you are setting loose potentially thousands of scions of feral and brutally efficient hunters into continents they are not native to and who's ecosystems they are an assault on. If we do not want to add to the problem, we need to move our pet preferences over to things that are native, or at least not invasive, like Guinea Pigs, or securely fence in our dogs and keep our cats indoors. Even with a Cat-Fence-In system my cat is fully capable and has a real history of flying through the air and nabbing birds and even bats down.

If we actually want to reverse the situation we need to participate in the "Catch-Neuter-Release" program for cats, since the feral cats will kill off intruding cats and prevent them from breeding until more people are more responsible about neutering their pets. Feral dog packs just need to be rounded up. They eviscerate and eat living animals and leave them alive and suffering. I have and love both cats and dogs, but to love something, truly, means to love and admit all its nature and take responsibility for our choices in owning it. We need to be responsible owners, not stick our fingers in our ears and reject things we don't want to hear.
 

Darla Taylor (109)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 12:22 pm
Noted and previously signed. Thanks so much, Elizabeth.
 

Elizabeth S. (149)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 12:46 pm
Thank you all for your noted and signatures, I feel this petition is important because killing any living thing just because of their natural instincts is wrong. Spaying and neutering IS the answer as we have advocated so many times in other petitions for other countries around the world. Why should we not advocate for our own stray animals here.
 

Eileen H. (0)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 12:50 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks for posting
 

Suzanne L. (152)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 2:16 pm
Gladly signed. It is junk science. While songbirds of all species are on a rapid decline, the biggest killer is highrise, glass buildings which are now so numerous and clustered in cities. It is estimated that 1 billion birds are killed annually in the U.S. because of this type of architecture. Most people are unaware of the carnage because scavengers (crows, rats, feral cats, stray dogs) and building maintenance crews illiminate the evidence. Most songbirds migrate at night and are killed in the dark or early morning when they strike the glass buildings. Window collision from these buildings far exceeds cat predations and West Nile virus as killers of birds (see www.abcbirds.org). Let's work to save the birds by understanding what the issues really are. Thanks very much for posting.
 

Nyack Clancy (435)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 5:21 pm
Noted and signed- thank you
 

Christine Stewart (131)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 5:35 pm
Signed. Responsible pet owners would save more lives by spaying and neutering their cats, instead of letting them breed endlessly and produce ferals. Maybe cats need to be licensed to reduce people thinking that they are throw away pets. The only way for TNR to fail is for people to keep dumping unwanted cats into the area.
 

Vicky P. (464)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 7:31 pm
Noted and signed
 

Helen Porter (40)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 7:52 pm
Is this the result of articles such as the one on cats kill birds?

Humans can but animal's can't.

Makes me see red!
 

jo M. (3)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 10:13 pm
Acknowledging the toll cats take on birds and other wildlife does in no way place all the blame on them. Most everyone knows there are many reasons birds are in decline. Highrises, yes, are a major problem as is habitat loss, but you can't hide your head in the sand when it comes to cat depredation, either.
 

Marie W. (65)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 10:28 pm
People are the problem- not cats. Cats do not spay and neuter themselves; hunting is instinctual- keep them in.
 

. (5)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 10:40 pm
Noted and signed, thanks Elizabeth.
 

Leslene Dunn (74)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 10:48 pm
Noted and signed - filthy scumbags.
 

Gysele van Santen (213)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 11:03 pm
i used to work for the Smithsonian. shame on them. signed.
 

rene davis (74)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 11:21 pm
If I could sign I would, noted.
 

Intan Surya Dawood (3)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 11:56 pm
Noted and signed.
 

Colleen Prinssen (14)
Monday February 4, 2013, 4:38 am
http://www.alleycat.org/page.aspx?pid=897#.UQ7eAXsauyI.facebook where is peta when you need 'em
 

Louise G. (1)
Monday February 4, 2013, 7:49 am
Noted and signed, thanks v much!
 

iveta cer (68)
Monday February 4, 2013, 4:16 pm
Signed, thanks
 

Sunny H. (13)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 12:51 pm
I saw this article through Alley Cat Allies and was going to submit it when i found it already had bee. I agree cats are obligate carnivours and it's their instinct to hunt. Alley Cat Allies conducts a vigorous trap/neuter/return program and this is the sane solution to too many feral cats. I have taken care of feral cats around where I live. Occasionally I'll see a dead bird but not that often. There are plenty of gophers, rats, mice, etc. for them to pray on. And many of these cats eventually disappear to be pray to other wildlife. No excuse for wanton cat killing or fuel for cat haters!
 

Summerannie M. (52)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 2:54 pm
I agree with Barry B in as much as a cat owner for many decades I am responsible for them and here we have curfews re cats but now I live near a freeway my darling cat wont be allowed out unless on a lead b/c sure as sure can be she would tear across the road and get run over. Or hopefully the other is that she wouldnt.
All animal owners must be animal responsible and take care of them esp cats They can live quite happily indoors and be safe. here a roaming cats owner can be fined heavily as well as if its wandering outside those curfew hours.
 

Summerannie M. (52)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 2:55 pm
Oh and btw I did sign and note this article.
 

Stuart Thomas (508)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 12:20 am
Noted, signed, and submitted the petition.

Thank you, Sunny, for making me aware of this petition and thank you , Elizabeth for putting together this article and petition.
 

Gabriela V. (164)
Sunday February 17, 2013, 5:04 am
done, thanks Elizabeth
 

Mariann Rannenberg (151)
Thursday February 28, 2013, 12:12 am
I just signed this petition. Please forward and sign. This is horrible, I love cats. I would these idiots to try anything around me. Laws need to change.
 
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