My wife and I enjoy the feral cats. We reside in the community of Taylor in western, unincorporated Weber County. We have lived here for over 30 years. We presently feed four cats. They are fun to have around and we feel the price of the cat food is justified as wages for the mice and voles they kill. Strange as it may seem, I support Mr. Oda's bill. I lived here before cats were protected and we had just as many then. One reason for removing protection of feral cats is that they bring fully mature roosters, mallard ducks, seagulls, songbirds, rabbits, mice and voles into my field, lay them out and eat them. Raccoons, skunks and foxes take all the blame for wildlife destruction, but cats destroy more wildlife that all of these animals because there are hundreds of feral cats. Additionally, people who plant flower beds don't like cats digging in there. They also don't like to step in cat manure.
I would like to commend Weber and Davis Animal Control for the jobs they do in Taylor to rid us of problem stray dogs and cats.
Why do we have this problem? People tire of their pets, cats have unwanted kittens, purebred dogs have puppies sired by another breed and they bring unwanted animals to Taylor or anywhere in the country. The cats mature and have kittens.
The solution is to pass a strict law requiring all dogs and cats be neutered and licensed. The license would be renewed each year. If the pet is dead, a certificate must be presented, signed by the animal control agency that has viewed the dead animal. Oda's bill would provide a solution for people who live in areas where firearms can be used to rid the area of unwanted feral cats and pigeons. Feral cats living the cities would have to be trapped and put to death by animal control personnel.
Feral cats didn't cause this problem; it's humans who won't pay to have their pets disposed of properly.
Dennis J. Dalton