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Urge Governor Ige to reject proposed rule change.

Hawaii’s outdoor cats are in danger and need your voice! Late last week, Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) continued its campaign to eradicate outdoor cats by approving regulatory changes intended to target any cat in the islands’ many harbors. Gov. Ige could approve the rule change at any moment, so now is the time to contact him!

Despite overwhelming public opposition to the proposed changes, the DLNR board voted in favor of rule changes that will impede trap-neuter-return (TNR) efforts, harm cats and criminalize kindness. The board’s only concession, to delay until January 2019 a provision allowing any outdoor cat found in a harbor to “be destroyed by any means necessary,” does little to mitigate the damage. Indeed, by approving the other provisions, DLNR has created a situation that might well lead to an increase in the number of cats in Hawaii’s harbors prior to the implementation of lethal control methods.

Politics is not a spectator sport, so please take action today by sending an email directly to Gov. Ige, asking him to reject DLNR’s changes. Phone calls are also effective. The governor’s phone number is 808-586-0034.

Thanks! Together, we can Save Them All.


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Dear [Decision Maker],

As a constituent, I am outraged that our Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is ignoring the will of the people and attempting to circumvent the legislature with changes to the Administrative Rules designed specifically to kill outdoor cats. DLNR's proposed rules are inhumane, costly and ineffective.

I urge you to reject DLNR's proposed changes to Sections 13-230-8, 13-232-57.1 and 13-232-57 (d) of the Hawaii Administrative Rules.

Thank you for your consideration in this important matter.