VOICES: Right here we go once more with killing cats

Did everyone forget what we went through a few years ago?

I don’t understand why the county council allocated $ 50,000 to catch and kill cats and let them sneak through when the budget was announced so that no one had a chance to say anything. Then they give the money to an independent contractor in lieu of the Kauai Humane Society as it is the only animal shelter on the island where it could help a lot of cats and dogs towards a business.

Whose friend got the contract?

How many “community cats” that have already been neutered and cared for are caught and killed?

Who would even suggest such a terrible idea? Instead of trying to work with KHS? KHS is now affiliated with the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), the national “no-kill” organization, which is a great honor and achievement. Kudos to KHS! I don’t understand this ideology that the answer is “trap-and-kill” when TNR (trap / neuter / spay / return) has proven better due to the “vacuum effect”. If there is more space, more cats will move into this area.

Last time we had staunch supporters for TNR. Everything became calm and now “they” are starting again. These are our tax dollars that are used to capture and kill cats. I do not agree. How about another pet owner?

So does every cat have a bounty now? Even someone’s house cat accidentally escaping?

BIG QUESTION: Is this even legal in the state of Hawaii?

Where do they go to be killed and how are they killed?

What about the wild boars that are destroying our farms / properties? As far as I know, this issue was never addressed as we don’t see any articles in TGI.

In my opinion, the KHS money would have been better used than an independent contractor. What if you replace the word “cats” with “dogs”? Catch and kill dogs.

Wouldn’t the people be in your arms? I think cat people love their cats, even community cats, just as dog people love their dogs. I really hope the mayor and county council know what they are doing. As the saying goes, “For every action there is an unintended consequence.”


Joyce Ogmundson is a resident of Lihu’e

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