Feral cats may face the risk of being the target of hunters in New Jersey. The state officials in N.J. are considering ending Trap-Neuter-Return programs and allowing hunters to shoot cats. The Fish and Game Council is proposing to legalize feral cat hunting.
Fish and Game Council member, Leonard Wolgast, has sponsored a resolution to have feral cats reclassified by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which could put an end to TNR programs in the state and allow feral cats to be hunted. Unfortunately, Mr. Wolgast is a member of this committee and owns property with a kennel (that is owned and operated by his wife's family) that contracts with several communities in Central Jersey to pick up and euthanize cats.
TNR (Trap-Nueter-Return) is proven effective; current TNR programs in NJ (and across the United States) are reducing feral cat numbers and educating the public on the importance of spay/neuter and keeping cats indoors. TNR also saves states money by not having to hold and kill feral cats; rescue organizations are already using private money to implement TNR programs. Eradication is OUTDATED and INHUMANE.
Tell the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection you are OPPOSED to killing feral cats and in favor of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR).
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
Office of the Governor
PO Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625
N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife
Mail Code 501-03
P.O. Box 420
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420
Bob Martin, Commissioner of NJ DEP
401 E. State St.
7th Floor, East Wing
P.O. Box 402
Trenton, NJ 08625-0402
phone: (609) 292-2885
fax: (609) 292-7695