Monday, December 31, 2012
So, Wellington, Kansas, has a feral cat problem. Those are outside, wild cats, not domestic cats. Now, if they had done something like a cat leash law or provided cheap neutering, that would have solved the outside cat problem. Florida provides such a feral cat service for $35, including their shots. But instead they ban the number of cats per household. Wonder if they have a rodent problem?
People have the right to be secure in their property, implied in the Bill of Rights. This is an invasion of privacy because until this new cat law was passed, no crime was being committed. So, if home owners had four cats before the new law, they cannot be prosecuted because that would be ex post facto. You can't make a law today that applies to yesterday. But then, those were the Rights of the Englishman and have systematically been destroyed.
"We were picking up, compared to years past, a couple hundred cats per year,” said Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath. “We're hoping that this new ordinance may lower that number." Then it seems to me city workers are doing their job. That is less than one cat per day.
So the city came up with changes to its animal ordinance, which includes a section saying “no person or household shall own or harbor more than four cats of more than six months of age or more than one litter of kittens." The ordinance also requires adopted cats to be spayed or neutered. But homeowners have the right to not spay or neuter cats that stay inside their homes.
If Wellington spayed or neutered those 231 cats and released them, there would be no reproduction problem.
Inside cats are not the problem. I believe Wellington should have focused on making sure inside cats that are not spayed or neutered stay inside and if they go outside, it should be in a screened-in area. The cat leash law comes to mind but this is not mentioned in the article.
This is the same reasoning as guns being the problem. Guns don't shoot people, people do. Limit the people having illegal guns. I have long advocated legal spot searches of anyone living in a section eight home or receiving welfare, to search for illegal guns. The police don't need to charge the homeowner with having illegal weapons....they just confiscate all weapons not registered. And use metal detectors to search for the guns so it doesn't look like the police are searching for drugs. If they can pass a Feral Cat Limit Law, they certainly can pass a Illegal Gun Limit Law."We've never really put anything in writing that limits the numbers,” said Wellington Veterinarian Richard Heersche, DVM. “But people have complained about the stray cats running around."
Dr. Heersche says he’s seen hundreds of cats, some feral or wild, like one brought to him over the years to hold. But when they can’t be adopted, they’re put down. "You don't have a lot of folks who adopt cats and unfortunately the cats end up being euthanized," Heath said.
Wellington Humane Society President Linda Stewart says the limit or four cats is practical. Another board member and former council member, Paula Mortimer, questions whether the ordinance goes far enough. The ordinance also requires adopted cats to be spayed or neutered.
The hope is that restricting ownership will lower the cat population. But when a government starts dictating how many cats you can own, what next? Banning smoking in a public park? Oh, they already did that. Government should not make laws for the small stuff. Their job is to protect us, not make people live in fear of owning some cats.
If our government really wanted to do something to help the people, they would figure out a way to break the monopoly of our media being owned by one group.....Jews. The NRA points their finger at the media for the perversion and violence they have been spreading since the 60s. Now it is time to connect the dots and identify those people that have owned/run our media in earnest since the 60s.
But the perverted media is protected by the First Amendment. A few years ago in Columbus, Ohio, the politicians were talking about banning the word 'nigger.' I loved it and wrote to them to please do that because that would close down most of the violent movies, plays and music. They decided against it.
Wrestling the monopoly of our media from the grip of one solidarity group, would go a long way toward saving our children. Don't you kind of wonder why they won't do that and instead make up new laws that invade our privacy as though they want to divert attention away from the real cause?
Cats don't carry guns. Cats aren't influenced by television, movies, video games, comic books or music. You can't solve a feral cat problem by punishing the owners of domestic cats. You can't solve a mass-murder problem by punishing the owners of legal guns. Lock the gun safe, get a CCW license and change the ownership of our media. Oh, and keep your cats inside because its a dangerous world out there.