Community cats—and owned cats who are sometimes outdoors—are facing a grave situation in Hawaii. A cruel plan to outlaw the feeding of cats, interfere with the practice of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), and ultimately “destroy” cats at small boat harbors “by any means necessary” may become law soon.
Despite overwhelming opposition from local and national organizations, including Alley Cat Allies, and residents, the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is pushing for Governor David Ige to sign its deadly plans into law.
The provision to destroy cats at small boat harbors would be delayed until January 2019. The feeding ban and interference with TNR would be effective immediately, resulting in the suffering and deaths of healthy, much-loved community cats.
The new DLNR rules are a misguided attempt to control cat populations. TNR works, and 91 percent of voters in Hawaii prefer TNR over killing cats.
Alley Cat Allies has succeeded in delaying the rules and is working strenuously to prevent them from becoming law. Should they be implemented, we will fight to have them overturned.
Speak out and protect the cats who need us. Take action at alleycat.org/Hawaii.