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Tell Department of Corrections to Lift Feeding Ban

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UPDATE: November 24, 2014
Alley Cat Allies met with Bayside State Prison officials and received a tour of the prison grounds so we could begin to assess the situation and the cats’ health. The cats we saw appear to be stable and in good shape and are being fed on an interim basis.

We’ve begun discussions with prison officials, and we look forward to putting in place a long-term program to meet the needs of the cats and Bayside State Prison.

Thanks to all of your who raised your voice to protect the cats at Bayside. It’s because of you that Bayside State Prison is working with Alley Cat Allies. We will keep you updated!

This action is now open NATIONALLY.

ORIGINAL ISSUE: It has been over a month since the cats at Bayside State Prison have been fed. Despite widespread outcry against this cruelty, the prison’s administration refuses to lift the feeding ban. Alley Cat Allies reached out to Bayside State Prison over and over again, requesting an end to the feeding ban and offering assistance with the prison’s Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program—but the administration will not work with us. Just this weekend, we visited the prison to deliver food for the cats, but were turned away. The cats’ situation is dire, so we are taking this to the next level by going straight to the New Jersey Department of Corrections.

Cats who have been living on the prison grounds for more than 10 years are starving. Along with several groups in New Jersey, we can help set up feeding stations and other colony care best practices that are essential to a successful TNR program—if Bayside State Prison lifts the feeding ban.

Your voice is critical. These cats don’t have much time left.

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