The American Bird Conservancy and the Chicago Audubon Society
need your help protecting all birds in and passing through Illinois!
The Illinois Senate recently passed a bill that would siphon money away from proven programs that help the state’s low-income pet owners and instead use those funds to maintain colonies of feral cats in Illinois’ parks and neighborhoods. This bill would authorize the systematic abandonment of cats throughout the state and is a threat to the health and welfare of people, birds, and other wildlife.
Cats make wonderful pets, but these non-native predators have contributed to the extinction of 63 species and annually kill 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion mammals in the United States. They are the greatest source of direct, human-caused mortality to birds in the United States and Canada.
Feral cats also transmit harmful parasites and diseases such as hookworms, typhus, and cat-scratch disease. Even worse, cats are consistently the top carrier of rabies among domestic animals and are the definitive host of the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis. Permitting hordes of feral cats to roam our parks and neighborhoods is an unnecessary risk to human health.
The state should not be in the business of promoting and subsidizing colonies of feral cats -- it should be safeguarding our families and wildlife!
PLEASE ACT NOW!
Contact your State Representative to voice your support
for responsible cat management,
and tell him or her to VOTE NO on Senate Bill 641!