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HI: Senate and House bills threaten outdoor cats.

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Community Cat Image Legislative Alert

Urgent! Your action is needed today.

Hawaii’s state legislators are pushing harmful legislation that blatantly violates private property rights and residents’ ability to care for outdoor cats. Language included in several bills would open the door to killing of both owned and ownerless cats on private property throughout the islands. 

Unfortunately, feral cats are already considered “invasive species” by the state. House bills 606, 636, and 454 would expand the ability of government agencies to enter private property and eradicate any species with such a designation, including cats — owned and ownerless alike. Senate bills 637 and 409 would allow many of the same powers by the state, and some of these bills would even expand this authority to counties. 

These bills are not only direct threats to cats’ lives but are examples of unprecedented governmental overreach. Good Samaritans should be allowed to care for outdoor cats on their own property without the threat of governmental sanctions. Outdoor cats in Hawaii need your help to protect them from these harmful pieces of legislation.

Politics is not a spectator sport, so please take action today by sending an email directly to your representative and senator, asking them to oppose these bills. Phone calls are also very effective. You can use our online tool to find phone numbers for your state representative and senator.  

Thanks! Together, we can Save Them All.

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Dear [Decision Maker],

As a resident and taxpayer, I urge you to oppose the following legislative bills -- HB 606, 636, and 454, as well as SB 637 and 409 -- all of which are unprecedented violations of my property rights under the guise of controlling "invasive species."



I urge you and your colleagues to oppose the following bills: HB 606, 636, and 454, as well as SB 637 and 409. Thank you.

Sincerely,