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Cat-hating thugs are at it again.....double-talk, lies, delusions. Using the reputation and authority of the Center of Disease Control and USA Today a couple students distort and slant facts from carefully selected publications. Their article, printed in the journal 'Zoonoses and Public Health,' promotes the killing of all stray and feral cats. They sell it to the public as a "study" when in fact there is no study.

The article was not written by CDC staff at all, but by two university students as part of their CDC fellowship. The publication does not represent any official CDC position yet it is worded as if it does. False reports like these published in reputable newspapers and journals stir-up vigilante mentality within communities. Innocent healthy cats falsely perceived as contagious-fatal disease-carrying monsters by the beguiled public are brutally tortured and executed for absolutely no reason.

Animal welfare activist fought long and hard to win protections for cats vulnerable to this defamation. Communities still struggle to get anti- cruelty laws enforced. This slander, sold to the public as a "study" sabotages the progress made across the country for all animals.

Organizations representing cats need to sue the CDC, USA Today, the ZPH journal and any individual or organization that publishes false information with regards to stray and feral cats before more cats innocently, needlessly lose their life.

This is a crime of liable and wrongful death: libel and slander are civil wrongs that harm a reputation; decrease respect, regard, or confidence; or induce disparaging, hostile, or disagreeable opinions or feelings against another.

FACT: In the past 30 years trap-neuter-return (TNR) colonies have increased. In that same period, rabies to human transmission has DECREASED. Every year TNR groups vaccinate tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of cats, providing a tremendous public health benefit to their communities. Such efforts not only reduce the risk of disease transmission from domestic animals to humans, but also serve as a barrier between wildlife and humans. Whether or not ferals and strays truly need to be revaccinated periodically is a matter of debate. The rabies vaccine carries a 1-year rating yet studies show that it protects cats for much longer.

Trapping, neutering, vaccinating and returning feral cats to the wild means they remain healthy and disease-free, and the colonies eventually die out." Becky Robinson, Alley Cat Allies

Rabies in cats is largely isolated to those areas with high levels of raccoon rabies. It’s important from a public health perspective for people to understand that while some areas of the country are relative hot spots, rabies in cats is virtually unheard of across entire regions. Rabies in humans is rare in the United States. There are usually only one or two human cases per year. The most common source of human rabies in the United States is from bats. Among the 19 naturally acquired cases of rabies in humans in the United States from 1997-2006, 17 were associated with bats. A genuine study on cats and rabies would have included these crucial facts.

If rabies is the concern, given the facts, the true culprits being raccoons and bats should be collected and executed in the urgency and manner that cats have wrongfully suffered for centuries.

" my experience the unfortunate feline species seemed fair game for every kind of cruelty and neglect. They shot at cats, threw things at them, starved them and set their dogs on them for fun. It was good to see somebody taking their side." James Harriot, Veterinarian/Author.

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