Viral cat fight draws worldwide attention to Hawkesbury
Rouleau, a member of the Friends of Feral
fully weighed the consequences of the
nuisance and may cause damage to
Cats group which since 2009, with the help
concern about the spread of disease and
a trap-spay-neuter program to reduce the
propertydamagewas citedas a reason town
foxes, bear, groundhogs, deer and feral
The Hawkesbury cat fight has gone
number of feral cats in town.
council should consider the edict.
cats.The law would not apply to birds and
“This is also a question of civil rights,”
If the new controls are adopted, a fine
wild animals feeding on berries, fruits and
The town has been condemned by
adds Rouleau, questioning the authority of
seeds naturally growing in trees or in soil.
people from all over the world for a
the municipality to try to restrict citizens
“pest birds” and a specific group of “wild
Norwould it apply to the use of bird feeders
proposed by-law that would fine anyone
aiding animals on their own property.
animals.” The list of “pest birds” includes
that are built to feed small birds such as
caught feedingwild creatures and certain
While Rouleau lauds Portelance, she
pigeons, doves, seagulls, crows“andthe like
cardinals, finches, jaws, martins and
species of “pest” birds in town.
believes the councillor’s colleagueshavenot
that if gathering in numbers, become a
To date, about 6,000 people have signed
an online petition that was organized by
cat lovers. Another 700 people have signed
a hard-copy version of the petition.
The controversy began this summer
when town staff presented a draft anti-
feeding policy to town council. A decision
was delayed when Councillor Johanne
Portelance moved to table the issue.
Opponents who addressed town council
appreciate the potential impact of the
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