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Wis. considers legalizing cat hunting

Apr 12, 4:48 PM EDT




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.

The proposal was one of several dozen included in a spring vote on hunting and fishing issues held by the Wisconsin Conservation Congress. The results, only advisory, get forwarded to the state Natural Resources Board.

Statewide results were expected Tuesday.



La Crosse firefighter Mark Smith, 48, helped spearhead the cat-hunting proposal. He wants Wisconsin to declare free-roaming wild cats an unprotected species, just like skunks or gophers. Anyone with a small-game license could shoot the cats at will.
At least two other upper Midwestern states, South Dakota and Minnesota, allow wild cats to be shot - and have for decades. Minnesota defines a wild, or feral, cat as one with no collar that does not show friendly behavior, said Kevin Kyle with that state's Department of Natural Resources.

Every year in Wisconsin alone, an estimated 2 million wild cats kill 47 million to 139 million songbirds, according to state officials. Despite the astounding numbers, Smith's plan has been met with fierce opposition from cat lovers.

Critics of Smith's idea organized Wisconsin Cat-Action Team and developed a Web site - dontshootthecat.com. Some argue it is better to trap wild cats, spay or neuter them, before releasing them.

In Madison, about 1,200 people attended the Monday evening meeting at the Alliant Center - more than the 250 or so in a typical year, but less than the 3,000 or so who took part in a debate in 2000 over whether to allow hunters to shoot mourning doves.

One of the attendees was Katy Francis, who wore cat ears, whiskers, a cat nose and a sign that read, "Too Cute to Kill." For Francis, "The cat hunting thing brought me out because it was very extreme."

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So blood thirsty to kill......
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You might wish to try reading this more reasoned discussion of the topic. It's not cat hunting, it's a reclassification of feral cats -- which probably haven't been anybody's pet for generations -- so as to allow people another method of dealing with such pests.

Blame the cat owners who let their cats run outside all day.
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Ted, that's absolutely no excuse.

Hunting cats? That's pathetic.


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You might wish to try reading this more reasoned discussion of the topic. It's not cat hunting, it's a reclassification of feral cats -- which probably haven't been anybody's pet for generations -- so as to allow people another method of dealing with such pests.

Blame the cat owners who let their cats run outside all day.
see there in lies theproblem some cats are semi feral. that is they can leave the house when ever they like.

its also a blood thirsty misrepresation as well,cats also kill mice, rats and other pests.

i really dont think that hunting is the way to go here. there are other better options. if need be, humanely putting the animals to sleep so always a better option.

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Did it even cross the minds of these people that some lovely cats with a home to go to at night wander around the neighbourhood and woods chasing mice during the day? Is it now open season on any family pet straying too far from home? Every day I find a new reason to be glad my cat stays inside. I don't think people should be free to shoot any creature minding its own business. Hunting for "pleasure" is just sick, sick, sick. What's next, "reclassification" of truant children?

I'm sorry, but the "right" to own a powerful weapon and shoot defenceless animals is NOT a fundamental human right.

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Minnesota defines a wild, or feral, cat as one with no collar that does not show friendly behavior, said Kevin Kyle with that state's Department of Natural Resources.
Should we adapt the same standard to humans? To those wearing no collar and not showing friendly behaviour...
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Did it even cross the minds of these people that some lovely cats with a home to go to at night wander around the neighbourhood and woods chasing mice during the day?
Not to mention that this could basically legalized animal cruelty ("I wasn't try to torture anything, I was just hunting"), and create a dangerous situation for HUMANS. Most of the feral cat populations I know of live in urban/suburban areas. Do you really want someone taking shots at animals (of any kind) where there are likely lots of people around?

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Most hunters only hunt to feed their families. They aren't going to kill a kitty cat just because it's in the way. It's a waste of ammo for the hunters. By the way, there are several states that already have this law. Just because it might become legal, doesn't mean that most hunters are going to start shooting them.
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