It's been a busy year as we've worked together for changes to laws that penalize compassion toward cats, requested reform of Greenville animal services, and documented cruelties and suffering of animals confined to factory farms in our state. World Day for Farmed Animals was a great success.
Pigs kept at Wells Livestock flea market remain in miserable conditions that include lying in standing water; open wounds and medical condions such as tumors, prolapsed vagina and rectum; lameness; large scrape wounds. They remain in these pens for several days until they are carted off for slaughter. We are asking for improvements.
We are taking a proposal to the North Carolina General Assembly requesting space for all farmed animals including pigs, chickens, turkeys, cows, and any other farmed animal.
GREENVILLE POLICY CHANGES REQUESTED FOR CATS
COMPASSION IS NOT A CRIME
Requested Changes to Greenville Trap-Neuter-Return Ordinance
•Feeding: Eliminate the feeding ban for cats.
Community cats are neither owned nor stray. Their distinctive status should be acknowledged and codified into the law.
Programs to manage and reduce cat overpopulation depend upon this understanding.
•Registration: Registration should protect the colonies. Citizens will be willing to register if they understand that this step will protect their cats.
For three or fewer cats, registration is recommended but not required.
•General: Animal Protective Services and animal advocates should work together to resolve the challenges involved in managing community cats in our city.
Communication and cooperation should be a goal for all parties involved in this work.
Make sure animal services can notify property owners in an expedient manner prior to trapping taking place, so there is no delay in helping cats and kittens in need.
Remove blanket approval for animal services to enter the home or premises of anyone registered as a caregiver. They may have the ability to enter the exterior premises where trapping is occurring.
Let experienced groups have the ability to do their own notifications and door tagging. Keep the location of the colonies protected information.