Tuesday 14 July 2009

Protect the Cats of Beverly Hills

This is a verbatim copy of an email from the Stray Cat Alliance on the matter of an ordinance (legislation) t0 stop decent people from feeding and treating humanely feral cats in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. The Stray Cat Alliance asked that this: PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG - AUGUST 4, 2009 7:00 p.m. - NEXT CITY COUNCIL MEETING TO DETERMINE WHICH ORDINANCE WILL PASS VERY IMPORTANT WE SHOW UP AGAIN AND STOP CITY FROM ENACTING A BAN ON FEEDING AND/OR CRIMINALIZING FEEDING

Trap Neuter Return is a community problem and needs to be dealt with at a community wide level.

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Here is the email. Please copy and republish if you can or wish. By implication it is licensed to be republished under a creative commons license - Attribution 2.0 Generic - simply give a credit to the authors, "Stray Cat Alliance":

............."Christi Metropole, SCA volunteers and advocates from other humane groups kept the Beverly Hills City Council Chambers going into the early morning hours on Tuesday, July 7, 2009 to prevent prior inhumane language denying the feeding of cats on public property from being reinstated into the Beverly Hills City Codes. The supporters were united in their goal to protect the cats of Beverly Hills and prevent their caregiver, Katherine Varjian, from being jailed for her responsible and compassionate care for cats in Beverly Hills over the past 12 years.

Stray Cat Alliance passed out red ribbons to all opponents of the ordinance. They wore them to signify their solidarity against this prejudicial language. The City Council heard complaints from residents who want a complete ban of feeding cats on public property. The 102 humane activists spent hours detailing their expertise and giving solutions to the real issue of a lack of a proper TNR ("Trap, Neuter and Return") program in Beverly Hills. Implementing this program along with proper care and adopting kittens and socialized cats from the colonies would ultimately resolve the propagation of cats around the glamorous residences of Beverly Hills. The City Council decided to table the vote until a new ordinance could be written and approved.

Christi Metropole is working with Marcia Hobbs of the Beverly Hills Courier, Beverly Hills city staff, the main complainant and representatives of humane organizations to create a positive solution before the August 4th, 2009 City Council meeting. The goal is to come up with a plan where there will be peaceful coexistence between local residents and stray and feral cats and their caregivers. The best solution would be a progressive ordinance that puts Beverly Hills at the forefront of the movement to institutionalize TNR as the most humane and effective manner of lowering the number of cats on the streets. While countless unsterilized or unmaintained cat colonies exist all over the city that never get the publicity or support, Beverly Hills takes issue over this small number of cats in a four block radius. These cats are the fortunate ones who have lived healthy lives due to Ms. Varjian's consistent care and TNR efforts. Due to harassment and threats, Ms. Varjian has been relegated to rapidly feeding and no longer spaying/neutering new cats which has resulted in new births. Now these animals' lives are in jeopardy.

Please assist SCA in this campaign to save the cats and promote TNR as a model program for solution in Beverly Hills.

ACTION: There will be a Beverly Hills City Council Meeting on August 4, 2009 to vote on the new proposed ordinance or adopt the old, draconian ordinance. Please be there.

If you live in the City of Beverly Hills, contact your mayor and city council members. If you know anyone who lives in Beverly Hills, please educate them on this issue and urge them to call the City Council and Mayor.

Mrs. Varjian will also be going back to court on August 7, 2009 for her hearing."

All caring people should Protect the Cats of Beverly Hills as it is a reflection on our humanity. It is how we are judged.

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