Tuesday, April 12, 2005

CATastrophe?

WISCONSIN CONSIDERS LEGALIZING CAT HUNTING!

UPDATE 2- Wis. Governor Rejects Idea

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A proposal to legalize the killing of feral cats is not going to succeed, Gov. Jim Doyle said Wednesday. "I don't think Wisconsin should become known as a state where we shoot cats," said Doyle, a Democrat who neither hunts nor owns a cat. "What it does is sort of hold us up as a state that everybody is kind of laughing at right now."

Outdoor enthusiasts approved the proposal 6,830 to 5,201 at Monday's spring hearings of the group. The results get forwarded to the state Natural Resources Board for consideration, but any official action would have to be passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor. Animal rights groups belittled the idea as inhumane and dangerous.
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UPDATE- 146 people voted to classify cats as unprotected species, while 75 people voted against the idea. This is by no means a done deal, though. The Wisconsin Conservation Congress will meet next month to discuss the results. The group will then make a recommendation to the DNR based on the outcomes of the county votes. If it makes it that far, eventually it would be up to lawmakers to decide a change to the cat policy. Two other states allow hunting wild cats.


The cat photographed in Grendon by User: Electricmoose © 2005

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Feline lovers holding pictures of cats, clutching stuffed animals and wearing whiskers faced-off against hundreds of hunters at meetings around Wisconsin to voice their opinion on whether to legalize cat hunting.

Residents in 72 counties were asked whether free-roaming cats - including any domestic cat that isn't under the owner's direct control or any cat without a collar - should be listed as an unprotected species. If listed as so, the cats could be hunted.

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