Cat Leash Laws: How Can You Argue with Common Sense?
Manqsquan, NJ – -(AmmoLand.com)- Laws mandating that cats be kept either indoors or on leashes will decrease the number of cats killed in our nation’s local animal pounds and shelters. The number one documented cause of death for all cats in the U.S. is being killed in animal pounds and shelters. Leash laws prevent cats from running free to breed or be lost to feral colonies. Un-leashed cats sends even more cats into a system in which over 70% of all cats are killed.
Positive Consequences for Cats
Cat leash laws result in less being cats killed. They operate on the principal that the common sense reduction of loose cats reduces the chance of pet cats being picked up as ferals and prevents them from being misidentified and brought to shelters.
Any cat not wearing a leash is an easily identified as a cat in need of animal control or one for children and family’s to stay clear of. This greatly reduces the number of indoor-only cats who have escaped are at risk of being impounded and killed.
Leash laws are especially effective at reducing feral cats, who do not have traditional “owners” to leash them and whose un-natural habitat is outdoors. Trapping and removing cats living outdoors in close proximity to humans allows animal control to pick them up and bring them to pounds and shelters where they can be cared for or adopted out.
Debunking Cat Leash Law Myths
Even though cat leash laws result in a vast reduction of the number of cats killed, some radical fringe cat groups claim these laws are un-beneficial. Discover why those claims are myths.
Myth: Cats should not have to wear leashes just because dogs do.
Truth: Cats are a greater danger to the environment , wildlife and humans than dogs and should be treated accordingly.
Most animal damage control laws originated to protect humans and human property against certain damages dogs caused. Recently, some jurisdictions have come to the realization that cats are now an even worse danger than dogs and are imposing the same laws on cats in an effort to reduce the numbers of unwanted cats destroying suburban back yards and wildlife.
Most importantly, cats differ from dogs in the kind and seriousness of harm they may cause. Animal damage control laws were enacted in the U.S. primarily to compensate for dogs killing livestock and to protect against rabies, which at the time had no preventive vaccine or post-exposure treatment.
Flash forward to today when rabies is completely preventable and feral wild cats continue to spread rabies to native wild animals and humans. Rabies, meanwhile, has been virtually eradicated from indoor cat and dog populations; no human has died after being bitten by an vaccinated cat in over thirty years. Leash laws are intended to increase this success by reducing the number of feral cats coming in contact with wild rabid animals.
Myth: Cats should be allowed outdoors off a leash because they do not kill birds and wildlife.
Truth: Cats, are responsible for an increasingly large amount of bird and wildlife species loss.
Overwhelming evidence shows that even well feed feral cat activities threaten species that includes a vast range of effected animals, including song birds of all kinds, native frogs and lizards, ducks and shore birds, field mice, a vast array of small indigenous mammals and fish. Across the United States, little land is left untouched by the invasive species, feral cats. Those who claim cats are not a major threat to wildlife use misleading language to evade human accountability; and are infact sponsored by national groups in favor of no kill vegan lifestyles.
Humans need to correct the problem of feral cats and maintain a habitat that is beneficial to the many native bird and wildlife species not designed to deal with feral unwanted cats preying on them.
Myth: Cats belong outdoors.
Truth: Cats have been living indoors, in close proximity to humans, for 8,000 to 10,000 years and are completely domesticated, unable to care for themselves in the wild as witnessed by the need to have sponsors feeding and caring for cat colonies.
Cat leash laws should insist that cats only live indoors in homes, and that if they are allowed outdoors it should only be at the end of a leash. In fact, the most up-to-date research indicates that cats have been domesticated and in close proximity to humans for 8,000 to 10,000 years. For centuries they have traveled the globe with humans and thrived on the care of loving humans. Claiming that cats can now exist outdoors is contrary to the habitat and natural history of the species.
Myth: Cats are not invasive species.
Truth: Cats have been identified as one of the top 100 invasive species by the Global Invasive Species Database, right along with rats and killer bees.
Cats kill anything they can over-power and in suburban environments, where unleashed cats numbers are highest, cats decimate the local populations of native small animals and when concentrated in colonies they become the source point for rabies in all other animals.
Even a small child realizes that cats are a domestic pet and not suitable to be roaming free in the wild. Leash laws are now needed due to the enormous increase in unwanted cats in our shelters and in our environment. Reasonable, caring, animal loving pet owners should easily see the logic in controlling their pets and find no reason to argue with the common senses of leash laws for cats in their communities.
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