New bill allowing for trapping, neutering & releasing feral cats in South Dakota

Jake

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Oct 30, 2023
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A new bill, SB 1172, has been signed into law by Governor Kristi Noem, that now makes it legal for some organizations to trap, neuter, and release feral cats in South Dakota. Organizations like Sioux Empire Trap Neuter and Release will now be legally allowed to do exactly that, as they will be allowed to operate and address the ever-growing cat overpopulation in the state.

Not only that, but organizations involved in TNR (trap, neuter, release), will also vaccinate cats they take care of before releasing them back where they were found, as long as it's a safe environment. Their aim is to control the population, but also to make sure any cats released back out are healthy and less likely to spread diseases to other feral cats in the area.

Next steps are to align TNR activities with city ordinances, by getting local governments involved. They would like to expand the efforts of TNR in the area, while also respecting regulations and the needs of the community.

If you'd like to take a look at the article on this news, you can read that here: Dakota News Now
 
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
I think we need bills like this all over the US. The cat population can be a problem, especially with the amount of stray cats out there. I live in Michigan, and we have some strays that area round, but they aren't a huge menace. But having a system like this in place, helps curb the population growth of those stray cats. I think most cities and states need to implement a system like this for cats and even dogs and other pets that people let go to the wild.

This is a good move, now we just need to see it happen in many other cities and states.
 
This is great news indeed. I hope other states follow suit. I remember seeing this somewhere in Europe; I think it was in Turkey. They have way too many cats, so the local municipalities started doing this with street cats and dogs.
 
This is great news indeed. I hope other states follow suit. I remember seeing this somewhere in Europe; I think it was in Turkey. They have way too many cats, so the local municipalities started doing this with street cats and dogs.
It would be great if this sort of measure is done in every state and even every country. Feral cats and dogs can be a problem, especially if their population isn't in check. In some areas there is no control and the rise in cat population causes problems. If it's not the state or government stepping up to help with this problem, it means that citizens than take on that responsibility. Of course most people would ignore it, but there are groups out there that are going out there and doing this all on their own without the aid from the state or government.

This new bill should make things a lot easier for these organizations to do the good work they do.
 
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