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Nine pieces of legislation in eight states focused earlier this year on the issue of feral cats. Under consideration was control of those nuisance animals. Four bills were approved.

Here is a summary of that legislation as gathered by the American Bird Conservancy and distributed by the email newsletter The Birding Wire.

Illinois approved a bill to authorize public funding of trap, neuter, release for feral cats.

Nevada approved a bill to exempt release of a sterlized and vaccinated feral cat from abandonment.

New Jersey approved a bill to exempt homeless cats from the same care and responsibility afforded homeless dogs. New Jersey approved a bill to encourage all animal shelters to become “no kill” by 2025.

Connecticut failed to pass a bill prohibiting the feeding or attracting of any potentially dangerous animal.

Delaware failed to pass a bill authorizing and encouraging trap, neuter, release for feral cats.

Hawaii failed to pass a bill authorizing funding of trap, neuter, release for feral cats.

New York failed to pass a bill authorizing the release of sterilized feral cats.

Virginia failed to pass a bill authorizing public funding to trap, neuter, and release feral cats.