Proposed Cat Leash Law Draws Angry Response From Barre Citizens

June 18th, 2010 - 7:36 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
ph2010061604580Barre, Vermont, June 18, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A city law that requires cats to be kept on leashes has sparked angry reactions from the citizens. Barre residents are up in arms about the proposal and they assembled at the city council meeting with some bringing large signs and placards.

The city officials cited instances when straying cats littered the garden in some households. However, some people are of the opinion that the wandering cats create a lot of nuisance while also posing threat to the birds that survive on insects. However, there have been instances where laws have been framed to restrict the movement of the cats.

Way back in 1949, Illinois came up with a law for restricting cats so that insectivorous birds could be saved. In some states of the USA, laws have been set up to restrict the movement of cats. In some other cases, the laws do not specify cats at large but mention domesticated animals.

The council members said that the need to revise the leash law occurred to them when they found a cat using flowerbeds as their litter boxes. This, according to them, is absolutely unacceptable. However, domestic acts are easier to control but the council members plan to tackle the cats that stay outside.

Meanwhile, many bird conservation groups are in favor of proposed cat leash laws. Virginia based American Bird Conservancy runs a campaign pledging cat owners to keep their pets indoor. However, leased cats do react differently with some of them losing their inclination to behave normally. Cats have different personality compared with canines and what works with one, does not work that well with the other.

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