Don’t Deny Cats the Same Protections as Other Domestic Animals

Target: Jeff Van Drew, New Jersey Senator

Goal: Demand that animal protection bill be revised to include cats.

A New Jersey bill, if signed, will strip homeless cats of the protections they sorely need. The bill was created to protect all neglected domestic animals, specifically dogs, but one section specifically states that this new law will not apply to cats.

Cats are very fragile creatures. Despite how often we see cats surviving the streets or frolicking in the fields, they cannot handle prolonged exposure to the elements. These animals are prone to frostbite, dehydration, and heatstroke. They also fall prey to ticks and other parasites that can cause severe illnesses if left undetected. Furthermore, stray cats are in danger of being hit by a car or attacked by other wildlife. This bill explicitly says that any neglected or stray cats will not be given the same protection as dogs, and simply referred to as “feral.”

This bill cannot be signed and made law as it is. Cats are in danger of being neglected and thrown out onto the streets should this law revoke their protection. PETA has sent a notice to Governor Christie not to sign the bill, but that is only the first step. Sign this petition to demand that the bill be revised to include cats under the umbrella of protection.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Van Drew,

The recent bill for animal protection that you have sent to Governor Christie explicitly excludes homeless and neglected cats from the detailed protections outlined in the bill. This is not acceptable. Cats are fragile creatures whose bodies cannot handle prolonged exposure to the elements, and stray cats are likely to be hit by cars or attacked by wildlife.

This bill must be revised immediately. If Governor Christie has not yet signed it, have it sent back so that it may be revised to include cats under its umbrella of legal protection. Cats deserve to be safe just as much as dogs or other domestic animals, and any new laws created must reflect that.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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11 Comments

  1. There are already too many instances of cats being horribly abused and tortured by people, especially young men, and to leave this bill as it is will be seen as an okay to abuse cats even more. This is horrible legislation and no one should be supporting this.

    • Diane Petrillo Diane Petrillo says:

      You’re right Joan. Cats are treated like the dregs of society and the rampant abuse lately toward them is at an all time high. They need protection.

  2. And this is what we pay the government to do??? Cats deserve as much protections as dogs do. Why are government officials so f*king blind and stupid???

  3. Why would anyone do this to any kind of animal? This is nuts and it must not be passed.

  4. Mary Rollis says:

    I am a mom to cats and dogs both. If someone asked me to chose between the two, it’d be the same as asking me to chose between my son and my daughter. WHY in the world do you believe animal lovers want YOUR BILL to chose dogs over cats, when many of us love both equally, as well as other animals?
    Hopefully this was only an oversight on your part! By the way, at least where I live, hawks victimize smaller birds much more frequently than stray cats.

  5. ALL ANIMALS NEED PROTECTION FROM THIS EVIL FUCKED UP HUMAN RACE!!!!!! IT’S ABOUT TIME ALL THIS INBRED, FILTHY ROTTEN TRASH HUMANS WERE CULLED!!!!!
    Throw in the Judge’s that have no balls too!!!!! They are responsible for putting them back on the streets!!!!!
    FUCKING WAKE UP YOU IDIOT LAW ENFORCERS & DO UR JOBS & GET ALL THIS UNREDEEMABLE, DANGEROUS, GARBAGE HUMANS OUT OF SOCIETY!!!! IT’S UR DUTY TO PROTECT ALL OTHER’S,,,, ANIMAL TORTURE & CRUELTY IS A CRIME!!!!! THIS TYPE ALSO TREAT INNOCENT HUMANS THE SAME WAY, AS YOU VERY WELL KNOW!!!! THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM IS FAR TOO SOFT ON DANGEROUS, EVIL CRIMINALS!!!! THAT’S WHY THIS KEEPS HAPPENING!!!! GROW A BACKBONE & KEEP THEM OFF THE STREETS SOME HOW!!!!

  6. Sugandha N. says:

    All animals deserve great protection.

  7. What is wrong with our government. The laws they are passing strips almost all animals of any protection they had. I don’t get it.

  8. How can anyone propose such a bill and not include cats!? Excluding cats is ridiculous, that’s sending a message to everyone that cats don’t matter. That’s also sending a message to any cat hater or animal abuser that cats don’t matter, and I’ll give them 2 guesses what that will mean. What’s wrong with these people? Don’t they realize just how many people in this country are cat lovers, and that cats outnumber dogs as pets now. This is completely unacceptable. Cat killers will walk, if there are no legal laws protecting cats, and they will continue to torture and kill them. I see a bias here, and it just ain’t acceptable.

  9. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗️😒

  10. Do Not sign this bill! I am outraged that it does not include cats! What is wrong with people? Cats deserve just as much protection as dogs do.

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