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Press Release

For Immediate Release: May 22, 2008
Contact: ELIZABETH PAROWSKI, eparowski@alleycat.org or 240-482-1984; FRANCIE ISRAELI, fisraeli@johnadams.com or 202-207-1134

ALLEY CAT ALLIES CALLS FOR PASSAGE OF NEW JERSEY ANTI-FREEZE BILL
State legislation would add “bittering agent” to anti-freeze, saving lives of cats and other animals

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats, today called for passage of legislation in the New Jersey State Senate (S.B. 979) that would require a “bittering agent” be added to antifreeze sold in the state, which would alter the taste and repel animals, including cats, from ingesting it.

Similar legislation (A.1577) passed the state assembly earlier in the week.

“Anti-freeze tastes sweet and appealing, but contains extremely deadly ethylene glycol, and has been used with devastating effects by cruel people who kill animals, including outdoor cats,” said Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies.

“Poisoning a cat with antifreeze is considered a felony under New Jersey state law, no matter whether the cat belongs to a neighbor or is a feral cat who lives outside. But the crime is rarely punished because it is so difficult to trace back to the perpetrator,” said Robinson. “Other animals ingest it accidentally, attracted by the sweet taste. Adding a „bittering agent‟ to anti-freeze will save the lives of cats and other animals.”

Alley Cat Allies has issued a call to action, asking their supporters in New Jersey to appeal to the Senate to pass the bill without delay, Robinson said. She noted that other states, including California and Washington, have passed similar measures.

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About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies is the nation’s leading advocate for stray and feral cats. Their website is www.alleycat.org.