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Atlantic City Boardwalk Cats Under Attack!

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Atlantic City Boardwalk Cats Under Attack!
The lives of healthy feral cats living under the boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ, are being threatened. On January 14, the Atlantic City Council members may be voting on a proposed resolution to immediately stop Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs, trap and kill all the boardwalk cats, and require all outside cats be put on leashes.

On December 29, the City Council members in Atlantic City were bombarded with false information about domestic cats and SARS, in what can only be an attempt to scare the council members and the public at large. Doug Donato attempted to scare council members by telling them that if one cat is found to have SARS, the Centers for Disease Control would use the bioterrorism fighting powers they have been given to quarantine the entire city.

Neither the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) nor the World Health Organization (WHO) have issued any warning about domestic cats and SARS. On the contrary, New Jersey government epidemiologist, Dr. Eddy Bresnitz, said, “In reality, there’s no evidence to date that domestic animals can transmit SARS to humans.†Click here to read more.

In addition to health scares, Donato told the council that a pair of cats and their offspring can produce 420,000 cats in seven years—completely ignoring the fact that the TNR program that already exists puts an end to the breeding cycle!

Previously, an inflammatory letter to the editor from Doug Donato was published in the Press of Atlantic City. The letter included the fearmongering statement that cats could “put 60,000 people out of work in southern New Jersey.†Click here to read the letter in its entirety.

What can you do?
Attend the council meeting.
• Attend the meeting on January 14, 2004 at 5pm.
• The meeting will be held in the City Council chambers at 1301 Bacharach Blvd; Atlantic City, NJ.
• Be prepared to comment on the effectiveness of TNR. You can find out more information about TNR on our website at www.alleycat.org.

Write letters to the mayor and city council members.
• Ask them to abandon the proposal to trap and kill the boardwalk cats.
• Explain to them that the TNR program currently in place is working to effectively reduce, and eventually eliminate, feral cat populations.
• Tell them that the cats that are returned under the boardwalk are healthy, vaccinated, spayed and neutered and are too wild to be adopted.
• Remind them that the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program on the boardwalk has been in place for three years now, and continues to be supported by Ron Cash, Director of Health and Human Service; the Humane Society of Atlantic County; local law enforcement officers; local caregivers and activists; and concerned citizens from all across the country.
• If you ever have visited or ever intended to visit Atlantic City, let them know that you will not go to Atlantic City if they kill the cats or attempt to stop TNR.

Letters must be received by Wednesday, January 14, 2004.

Send your letters to:

The Honorable Lorenzo Langford
1301 Bacharach Boulevard
Room 706
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Fax: (609) 347-5638

Send copies to:

Councilman Gibb Jones
Councilman Marty Small
Councilman Craig Callaway
Councilman William Marsh
Councilman Dennis Mason
Councilman Timothy Mancuso
Councilwoman Cassandra McCall
Councilman Eugene Robinson
Councilman Ramone Rosario

1301 Bacharach Boulevard
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Fax: (609) 347-9476

If you have any questions, please contact us at kfay@alleycat.org.
post #2 of 5
*sigh* I hate to hear things like this. I've been asked to help put together a presentation to a local apartment complex who wants to trap and kill the ferals living there, some of them were TNR'd 5 years ago, and all are speutered. I am plagerizing from alley cats for the presentation.

Thanks for the heads up - OK for me to cross post?
post #3 of 5
This is WAYY to close to home, AC is only about 40 minutes from me How can people be so STUPID!!!!
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Momofmany..I would say ABSOLUTELY crosspost!! This situation has profound implications on TNR.

post #5 of 5
The Atlantic City boardwalk cats were featured in Cat Fancy a year or so ago. The story was a great one. One of the things they pointed out was that a good number of the boardwalk cats were pets that vacationers brought with them and then abandoned!

The man who is going after the cats sounds like a real sick bastar@.
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