Target: Paula Jones, Invercargill, New Zealand
Goal: Thank Paula Jones for saving the lives of countless domestic cats
Recently, Invercargill, New Zealand Executive Council Member Richard King issued an order: cats roaming the street could be legally trapped and killed, regardless of ownership or situation. The council would even provide traps that citizens could rent. Resident Paula Jones, owner of 37 cats, immediately began organizing petitions to save these animals. Due to her work and the thousands of signatures from members of the public, this legislation was officially reversed. Applaud Jones for her hard work and to the thousands of citizen activists who took action to sign the petition.
Invercargill has animal laws stating one property can contain no more than three felines. Council Member King’s response to the 37 domestic cats owned by Jones was to announce legislation stating anyone could set a trap and kill the cats off until just three remained. It was a cruel and vague piece of legislation to put in place. Citizens could take the law into their own hands by murdering these cats, but the rule actually applied to any cat found wandering. So if a housecat accidentally wandered out into the street, the animal was officially fair game for anyone to trap and kill.
Thankfully, Jones fought this legislation and formed a petition. Thousands of citizens showed their support by signing, leaving a grand total of approximately 19,000 signatures for Jones to take to her appeal of the city council. Faced with her defense and overwhelming amount of signatures, the council members were forced to repeal the decision. Applaud Jones and thank our citizen activists for taking a stand to protect these animals.
Dear Paula Jones,
I recently read about your success with the Invercargill city council members. After Council Member King declared it open hunting season on domestic cats in the streets, you took immediate action. Forming the petition and campaigning to increase awareness took a lot of hard work and dedication.
Due to your efforts and the incredible response of signatures from the activist community, the city council was forced to reverse the decision. Countless cats have been saved due to your quick thinking and dedication. Thank you for your work.
[Your Name Here]
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