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Hunter Wants Open Season On Domestic Cats

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  1. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    Cat... the other white meat...

    Hunter Wants Open Season On Domestic Cats

    MADISON, Wis. -- The fur is going to fly when cat lovers hear about Mark Smith's idea.

    The Wisconsin hunter and firefighter wants stray cats classified as an "unprotected species" that could be shot by anyone with a small-game license.

    Smith welcomes wild birds onto his property, but if he sees a cat, he thinks the "invasive" animal should be considered fair game.

    The 48-year-old firefighter from La Crosse, Wis., has proposed that hunters in Wisconsin make free-roaming domestic cats an "unprotected species" that could be shot at will by anyone with a small-game license.

    Hunters will vote on the proposal on April 11 during hearings for the Wisconsin Conservation Congress across the state. The congress advises state officials on natural resource issues.

    Smith said free-roaming cats are an invasive species that attack wild birds.

    Smith's proposal has horrified cat lovers.

    Ted O'Donnell is horrified. He's the owner of a pet supply store and has set up a Web site to fight the idea -- don't shoot the cat.com.

    Department of Natural Resources attorney Tim Andryk said the vote would simply be an advisory recommendation to state lawmakers. He said that to have open season on roaming cats, laws that relate to abuse of domestic animals may have to be amended.

    "I would hate to think that tame, owned cats who happen to slip out would be at risk of being deemed a wild, unprotected species," said Sheri Carr, senior humane officer at the Dane County Humane Society. "It's a delicate (ecological) balance out there, but does that mean people should be able to shoot their neighbor's cat? Probably not."

    Carr thinks pet owners should not let their animals roam.
  2. DallasCowpoke111

    DallasCowpoke111 Benched

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    Them tabby's is taaaastyyyyy!!
  3. CowboyPrincess

    CowboyPrincess Priceless

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    I wouldn't want to eat one but I sure wouldn't mind a few million of them being hunted down and killed like the pest they are..

    I HATE CATS!!!!!


    ** except for white tigers
  4. TruBlueCowboy

    TruBlueCowboy New Member

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    I tried dog meat once when I was in South Korea but can't say I ever had Garfield for dinner. :eek:
  5. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    and did you like it?

    made you crave cat meat didn't it... ;)
  6. TruBlueCowboy

    TruBlueCowboy New Member

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    I wouldn't say I liked or disliked it, it had a soft fatty feel to it, kind of like lamb or roast beef. But who knows, I was pretty sloshed on Korean beer at the time so my taste buds might not have been the best judge. I'll try just about anything at least once just for the hell of it. I've got a cast-iron stomach! :p:
  7. Avery

    Avery The Dog that Saved Charleston

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    That bill would never pass. I can only imagine the first lawsuit when someone's cat gets plastered by someone with an AK.

    Most people don't register cats or give them collars like dogs. At least we never did.

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