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Action Alert! LA County Plans on Rounding Up and Killing Feral Cats!!

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HELP!! Los Angeles County plans on rounding up and killing feral and stray cats in unincorporated areas as a defense against "terrorist attack." Next they will move on to LA Cities, as in the past, such as Santa Monica and LA. The below email I


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Simone D (1462)
Tuesday September 15, 2009, 8:46 pm
Los Angeles County plans on rounding up and killing feral and stray cats in unincorporated areas as a defense against “terrorist attack.” Next they will move on to LA Cities, as in the past, such as Santa Monica and LA.

The below email I received is no joke. I have dealt with Mr. Ramirez in the past with his kill-oriented psychopathological thinking, numerous times, as well as other members of County Vector Control. They are insistent on killing as their primary solution to all threats of vector borne diseases. They have repeatedly successfully demanded that the ground squirrels in Palisades Park in Santa Monica be killed every three years or so despite massive opposition by the public and by the city of Santa Monica. They do this all over the county, including incorporated cities within the County, such as Santa Monica or Los Angeles.

Joe and his boss Gail Van Gordon are kill crazy and feel they are on a mission from God to cleanse the world or urban wildlife and feral cats when there is, in their minds, even the slightest potential for disease spread to humans. Ramirez bragged to me that the reason there has been no human plague in Los Angeles County is because they so thoroughly kill ground squirrels throughout the County. They don't even pretend to present reasonable arguments to support the medical/scientific necessity of their killing. Ramirez told me in the past he wanted to kill feral cats because they can spread pneumonic vs. bubonic plague. Vector has been looking for an excuse to kill ferals, now its terrorists!

It will be tough to stop them. They insulate themselves form scientific evidence and medical logic, and they are backed by Dr. Fielding, head of County Health.

My dealings with them over ground squirrels can be found on my blog: Search on vector control and Van Gordon. Their overall boss is Jonathan Fielding, head of County Health, who also teachers at UCLA. The email I received:

The L. A. County Public Health, spearheaded by Joe Ramirez, Environmental Health Specialist, phone (626) 430-5468, has contracted the L. A. County Carson Animal Shelter to trap and euthanize all feral and stray cats within the park area and wherever there is ‘human interaction’. I spoke with him on two occasions trying to negotiate allowing rescue groups to handle a relocation and adoption effort.

But he is against relocation of any sort unless in a cat sanctuary or adoption. He feels that feral/stray cats have become a National Security problem because of the ‘potential’ of spreading deadly diseases, plagues, and biohazards. His mission is to go from park to park or wherever there are strays and ferals and euthanize them. He told me that Carson said they would euthanize the cats right away, but try and get them adopted. So, either he was lying to me or they were lying to him. Either way, it’s a death sentence for all the feral and stray cats in L.A. County and then maybe elsewhere.

Input with regard to scientific data to the contrary, MAY help, but probably not. They have shown over and over that they base their decisions on their “37 years of combined experience” rather than any scientific evidence presented to them, and Dr. Fielding backs them 100%. He ought to know better.

Also, there still are Hayden regulations requiring impoundment before killing. County cannot just round up and kill them; they need to be impounded first and evaluated.

Phone Numbers of People to Call:

Jonathan Fielding: Head of County Health,,
Phone: County Health: Direct Line-(213) 240-8117
UCLA: (310) 206-1141

Joe Ramirez, (626) 430-5468—The “spearhead” of cat killing.

Ramirez’s Boss: Gail Vangordon:
Phone (626) 430-5450
She considers all scientific evidence from outsiders laughable, since she calls the shots.

The actual rounding up and killing would be done by County Animal Services, headed by Marcia Mayeda.

Marcia Mayeda: Phone (562) 728-4882

The Supervisors: These are the ultimate decision makers:

Gloria Molina: Phone (213) 974-4111

Zev Yaroslavsky: Phone (213) 974-3333
Michael Antonovich: Phone: (213) 974-5555

Mark Ridley-Thomas: Phone (213) 974-2222

Don Knabe: Phone Tel: 213-974-4444

Call your press contacts too.

INFO AT: Edward Muzika, Ph.D. (818) 349-6901

Roseann d (178)
Tuesday September 15, 2009, 8:51 pm
This pisses me off. I rescued a litter of feral kittens in LA. Kept 2 of them and gave 2 to a friend. Couldn't catch the last two kittens but did get both parents fixed. Anyway, they are all the best cats. Super smart, and very loving!!! These kill crazy maniacs need to be stopped.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 15, 2009, 9:17 pm
Note and calls will be made tomorrow....
Thanks Simone

Rhonda Maness (580)
Wednesday September 16, 2009, 6:20 pm
Thanks Simone

James G (13)
Thursday September 17, 2009, 9:01 pm
Only in LA would there be a connection between feral cats and terrorists. That said, feral cats need to be removed from the outdoor environment where they are doing great harm to birds, frogs, lizards, snakes and other wild animals that are critical to maintaining healthy and balanced eco systems. Kudos to those who are bringing these cats into their homes. Alley Cat Allies and other who would promote leaving these cats outdoors are uniformed and doing a great disservice to the cats and to the natural environment.
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