Lexington, SC Residents: Stop the "Nuisance Cat" Amendment

ADV_SC_Lexington344x361.jpgThis action is ONLY for residents of Lexington County, South Carolina

Update: June 4, 2020

We need to speak out stronger. The Lexington County Council has voted in favor of advancing the deadly “Nuisance Cat” amendment. Please send the message below to your councilmembers and urge them to stand against the amendment right now.

Original Message:

Your Lexington County Council is considering dangerous amendments that would open the door for thousands of cats and kittens to be killed when people arbitrarily decide they are a “nuisance.” We need your help to stop this dangerous scheme.

If the amendments are passed, they would allow virtually anyone in your community to label any cat as a “Nuisance Cat,” even for something as vague as being an “unreasonable annoyance.” These cats and kittens would be impounded and most likely killed.

Lexington County already has a very successful Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program in place, and these amendments would derail it in favor of returning to killing. All cats and kittens deserve to live. It is unacceptable to kill them because someone labels them a “nuisance.”

Tell the Lexington County Council not to abandon humane, lifesaving policies for cats. Ask them to vote against these dangerous amendments.

Recipients

  • Your County Officials
  • Mr. Scott Whetstone, Chairman

Message

Tell Lexington County Council Not to Kill Cats and Kittens!

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a resident of Lexington County, I ask you to stop advancing the proposed amendment of the animal control ordinance. The amendment contains language that endangers the lives of cats and other animals. If it passes, it will derail the incredibly successful Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program that has brought our community from killing 76% of cats in shelters to less than 1%.

Three years ago, you made the right decision in supporting TNR. If you undermine the program with these amendments now, the killing will resume and the number of kittens born outdoors will increase.

I, and the overwhelming majority of residents, do not support lethal population management for community cats; unowned cats who live and thrive outdoors. Removing and ultimately killing cats is not just cruel--decades of experience have proven it to be entirely ineffective.

While "removal" may briefly reduce the number of cats, it never lasts. Other cats will be attracted to resources such as food and shelter and move in to fill the space, quickly bringing population levels back up. This is known as the Vacuum Effect, and it is well-established in research.

Under TNR, Lexington County has seen thousands of cats outdoors humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, and vaccinated. It has been ending the cats' breeding cycle, improving the cats' relationships with people, and saving taxpayer dollars that would have been spent on killing cats in shelters.

If the county passes these deadly amendments, all that progress would quickly unravel.

For those who do not want cats in their yard, there are plenty of humane deterrents available, as well as mediation for humane solutions. These are much better options than walking away from a successful TNR program.

The people of Lexington County do not want to return to outdated policies that kill cats. I urge you to reject the "Nuisance Cat" and other lethal amendments.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]

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