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Update: Kauai Community Cats Need Our Help

HIYA!  SAVANNAH HERE!!

I am back again with an important update about the struggle of the Kauai Community Cat Project (KCCP) and the Kauai island county government. I have to warn you that I kind’a have my neck furs all standing up ‘cuz I am in a bit of a snit over what’s going on in secrecy in Kauai.

I was once a stray—this could have been my fate!

I was once a stray—this could have been my fate!

In August I let you know about a potential ban being placed on all TNR (trap, neuter, return) efforts on the whole five hundred and fifty plus square miles of land on Kauai. You can read all about it here.

Yep, you got that right! This county council committee, the Feral Cat Ordinance Committee, is working hard, and in secret, to craft strategies which will map the whole island and declare it as “sensitive bird habitat”. The WHOLE island my pals, which leaves nowhere for community cat colonies to be managed and decreased over time through TNR.

Community cats

Here is the latest update we received just late last week from Mr. Basil Scott, President of KCCP.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: From Kauai Community Cat Project
Sunshine Law Complaint Filed To Prevent County From Enacting Ordinance Resulting From Closed-Door Meetings!

 “On September 20, 2016, Kauai Community Cat Project (KCCP) filed a Sunshine Law complaint to prevent the County from enacting an ordinance resulting from years of closed-door meetings. Council member Yukimura, who helped to define this process and has personally led it for the last year-and-a-half, has publicly defended the County’s closed-door approach.

 Now here is the big deal that pushed KCCP to file a complaint against the county council’s Feral Cat Ordinance Committee. The state of Hawaii has what is called a “Sunshine Law”. The Sunshine Law is Hawaii’s open meetings law. It governs the manner in which all state and county boards must conduct their official business.

§92-1 Declaration of policy and intent. In a democracy, the people are vested with the ultimate decision-making power. Governmental agencies exist to aid the people in the formation and conduct of public policy. Opening up the governmental processes to public scrutiny and participation is the only viable and reasonable method of protecting the public’s interest. Therefore, the legislature declares that it is the policy of this State that the formation and conduct of public policy – the discussions, deliberations, decisions, and action of governmental agencies – shall be conducted as openly as possible.

I am asking all my readers who support TNR as the ONLY strategy for humane management of community cat over population to let your voices be heard. The community cats on the island of Kauai don’t have voices.

Voiceless

Voiceless

Those rescue groups who have been their advocates have been held out of meetings where the well being of this cat population is being determined.

Please, send emails to every committee member, especially the chair, Council member Joann Yukimura, asking them to behave democratically and openly.

live-in-harmony

Here are the names and email addresses for all members who are allowed to be active on the Feral Cat Ordinance Committee:

 Feral Cat Ordinance Committee Members
Joann Yukimura jyukimura@kauai.gov
Penny Cistaro Cistaro@kauaihumane.org
Cali Crampton cali@kauaiforestbirds.org
Adam Griesemer adam_griesemer@fws.gov
Makaala Kaaumoana makaala@hawaiian.net
Bill Lucey kiscmgr@hawaii.edu
Hob Osterlund info@albatrosskauai.org
Brooke McFarland brooke.a.mcfarland@hawaii.gov
Andre Raine araine6@hawaii.edu
William Trugillo wtrugillo@kauai.gov

Mom L asked Brian’s Dad Mr. Terry to place a copy of Mom L’s own email on their server. Please feel free to take a look and use any portion of it that helps you send off your own email.

Letter to Kauai Committee

Further information:

A MUST READ! If you do not paw any other link in this blog post, paw this one! Kauai Endangered Sea Bird Recovery Project confirms: cats are NOT the greatest threat!
Most Important Causes of Threat to Kauai Bird Population

Hawaii’s Sunshine Law

Donate to Kauai Community Cat Project

Kauai County Restrictions February 2016

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

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31 thoughts on “Update: Kauai Community Cats Need Our Help

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  2. My Mum has emailed and I bet my Grandpa in the US has as well as she share about it on her page and he saw it and was totally disgusted as he works hard to help the community cats where he lives,he currently has 4 community cats living in his house as they decided that they would much prefer the indoor life all have been neutered or Spayed and will look for new homes for them and he has 5 living outside in the shelters he has put up for them all have been neutered and Spayed and released but aren’t social enough to become pets he’s still TNR the rest of the cats in his community at $30 ago….My grandpa is my hero as are you all are too,xx Speedy

    • Speedy your family our my heroes! You do so much for so many animals in need. And, you guys always help me and Mom L out when we put out a very loud CALL TO ACTION like this one. And your Grandpa is like a super hero! What a totally awesome human. paw pats and purrs, Nana

  3. The very fact they’re doin’ stuff in secret, practically PROVES these peeps are up to NO GOOD. MOUSES!

    Purrs,
    Seville

  4. This just makes us sick. We will do everything we can to help.

  5. The Swiss Cats on said:

    Animals are paying for humans, again. Thank you for sharing and giving us tools to help. Purrs

  6. Feral Cat Day will have extra bit from us I assure you. Emails are flying across the world. ENOUGH of this hsilly-shallying – they need to hear our voices!
    !

  7. pilch92 on said:

    Thanks for sharing this, I will definitely write to them.

  8. meowmeowmans on said:

    This is terrible! Sharing on Twitter now, and we will write some emails to Ms. Yukimura and Co.!

    • bless Kevin and Tracey. The secrecy is very threatening. If they were open to public input and TNR advocates had not been kept from learning of meeting place, time etc over 18 months, I would not have gotten so involved.

  9. This p.o.s me in so many ways. I’m gonna ax TW to write letters. I was once feral too.

  10. This is so maddening! Thank you for bringing attention to it.

  11. The mom will be sending an email. What’s happening on Kauai is just not right.

  12. Thank you for this! I am sharing now. I will also email!

  13. This is a cause that I support.

  14. I don’t think they can be trusted since they eant to keep secrets. We will let them know what we think too.

  15. Right now I can’t do anything else, but I CAN share, and I will!

  16. I dearly want to use the word “Butchers” to describe what these people mean to me. To not involve those that seek an equitable solution is beyond reason! OK I will say it, they are no better than butchers if they do not open up their procedures and let common sense and humanity prevail…. TNR will work if they give it a chance. I am not often this vocal, but to see this being enacted behind closed doors is undoubtedly to my mind a sign they know they are doing wrong! ERin

  17. First time to hear this too. Thank you for sharing.

    Emma and Buster

  18. Peter and I are already wearing our Feral Cat Day tshirts from Alley Cat Allies. Thank you very much for sharing this update. Ms Yukimura replied to my email from yesterday stating “the bill we are working on does not ban TNR activities and there will be ample opportunity for public input once the bill is introduced “. If that is true, then why meet in secrecy and exclude the two TNR advocate rescues who were allowed in at the very beginning. Both advocates were not ” dropped” from this committee, the chair simply started convening meeting in secret. If you want more information, contact Basil Scott, president of Kauai Communit Cat Project. Thank you Layla for your interest.

  19. This is so frustrating, TNR is a humane solution that works, and the “problem” is a human-made one, so they need to be humane about solving it. If this works here, it will become a model for how to get rid of community cats elsewhere, so we purr this can be solved for the sake of the cats and the community, too.

    • Please join us in sending an email, it can be short, to let each member know their actions are being monitored. Ms Yukimura replied to Mom L saying “there will be ample opportunity for public input once the bill is introduced”. The chair doesn’t intend to let the advocates have any input until it is a done deal. Please join and write. Thank you lots

  20. I will write mails and I’m sad that animals have to pay the price for something what humans once caused…

  21. I am purring lots for common sense to prevail in this situation. It really bothers me that humans buy into so many falsehoods about community cats.

    • Thank you for posting a tweet. Please ask you human to at least send one email to the chair Ms Yukimura. This lady replied to Mom L stating ” there will be ample opportunity for public input once the bill is introduced “. She also stated that the bill will not ban TNR. If that’s the case then why not allow advocates for TNR participate now? Every email counts

  22. This is the first I’ve heard of this but good timing with Feral Cat Day looming. I’ve shared on my Fb community page http://www.facebook.com/blackcatstellall where you are welcome to share updates any time.

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