Don’t Kill Domestic Animals on National Park Grounds

Target: Jonathon B. Jarvis, Director, National Park Service

Goal: Stop killing domestic animals that wander onto national park grounds

It is not uncommon for cats and other “feral,” once-domesticated animals to wander the grounds of national parks. A new regulation may enable parks to kill these ambling creatures that are often found on the grounds of respectable, well-known national parks. However, this issue is hardly receiving attention and  innocent animals are being murdered for simply being present in an area of nature that has been deemed a “national park.”

According to the Best Friends Animal Society, there is a current regulation already established by national parks that regards cats or any other animals that appear harmful to humans or livestock in any way to be “destroyed.” As if the regulation were not already extreme enough, the newest proposal strives to enable national parks to kill cats for simply being spotted on national park grounds.

Stray cats and other small animals that happen to wander into national parks have the potential to be inhumanely killed upon sight, rather than be given a chance at life and moved out of the park area. If the regulation is passed, hundreds of innocent animal lives will be taken for simply existing in a space that was deemed as a “national park.” All animals should have the freedom to go as they please in the wild, uninterrupted by borders established by humans. By signing this petition, you are demanding that national parks reconsider their recent proposal that promotes animal cruelty by exclusively having the power to kill cats for being present on any expansive national park ground.


Dear Mr. Jarvis,

Unfortunately, the newest proposal that would enable national parks to murder any cat that is present on the grounds of a national park angers more than just cat lovers. The people have spoken and find the potential regulation barbaric and unnecessary. Although cats and other small mammals that happen to wander onto national park grounds may cause disturbances among the habitat deemed a “national park,” there are more humane methods of removing cats from the premises that do not require murder.

Although some may consider a national park’s potential ability to “destroy” a cat that has the potential to kill many small mice, for example, at a national park, a small victory, all animals have the right to wander freely without the danger of being murdered. The government’s proposed regulation that would allow such activity to be carried out is a violation of animal rights and promotes animal cruelty on the very grounds of a safe haven for other wild animals that thrive in a national park. Animal welfare and national parks go hand-in-hand and if passed, the newest proposal will permanently mar that relationship.

I urge you to take responsible action and advocate against the new proposal that would grant national parks the right to kill cats for simply being present on national park grounds. There are other more humane ways to remove cats and other small, unwanted animals from the premises, rather than killing them at first sight. If you think about the past and future of national parks, you will see how killing an animal that “is not supposed to be present” in an area known as a safe haven for other animals, is seriously hypocritical and damaging.


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Photo credit: Heikki Siltala via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Patricia Dumais says:

    Are the cats really a problem? Is their population exploding within the Park? Are they a threat to the other animals? I would be surprised as cats are domestic animals and they do not fare well in the wild where they are often malnourished, sickly and easily fall prey to predators.

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