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June 22nd, 2008


by John Coakley

He’s a tough little dude, but he could still use your help.

JFK Airport is 5,000 acres large, and as one might expect, animals live there. A lot of these animals are feral cats – roughly 300-500 of them. Understandably, the airport isn’t crazy about hundreds of wild cats getting into things and peeing all over the place. Fair enough. So the Humane Society offered to help with their Trap-Neuter-Release program. This was not only nice, but sensible; you want to fly somewhere, you talk to the folks at the airport. You’re having trouble with animals, you call the Humane Society.

But JFK refused the offer of help and now wants the critters rounded up and euthanized. Why? I don’t know. I’m sure that the airport workers who have been feeding these cats all along don’t get it either.

The Humane Society recommends that you call the Governor and—politely people, politely—ask him to get The Port Authority to reconsider. We think that’s a good idea. Here is what they have to say:

Please make a brief, polite phone call to Governor David Paterson at 518-474-8390. When you call, you will likely speak to a staff member who will pass your message along to Governor Paterson. Remember to be polite and professional, and leave your name and address so it is clear that you are a constituent. You can say:

“Hello, my name is [your name] and I am calling from [your city] to ask Governor Paterson to ask The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to immediately stop the roundups of the JFK Airport cats and work with The Humane Society of the United States and other experts in animal care and population control to implement an effective, humane and proven solution to this issue through a Trap-Neuter-Return program. Thank you.”

After making your call, please send a follow-up email to Governor Paterson and tell him you want the roundups to stop.

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