Pedigreed Cats Face Extinction
The distinctive and valued cats you see here today could become extinct unless the repressive laws
currently being proposed in many communities are stopped.
These laws are often initiated by well-meaning but misguided individuals and groups who are influenced by
the intolerant attitudes of animal rights extremists.
Restrictive breeding ordinances, possession limits, burdensome cat licensing and breeder permit laws, as
well as restraints on the display/exhibition of animals, have been presented as a means to reduce the number of animals being
killed by shelters or to alleviate animal suffering.
Homeless cats seen throughout our communities and in shelters are not the offspring of planned breeding
programs. They are the result of careless or unknowing people who allow their free roaming cats to indiscriminately reproduce.
They are caused by random mating among feral/free-roaming cats with no owners to comply with laws.
Misdirected, costly and ineffective, these laws are punitive toward people who selectively breed to
preserve the desirable personality and appearance traits of pedigreed cats.
To protect the future of pedigreed cats, contact your city, county and state legislators and/or public
officials. Challenge the motives behind coercive cat and dog breeding legislation. Be aware of the serious consequences on
the positive activities of responsible people if restrictive laws are enacted. Respect the value of all cats, both pedigreed
and random bred.
The Cat Fanciers' Association, its member clubs and pedigreed cat breeders are working to raise the status
of all cats. Educational programs, assistance to humane shelters, support of feline health studies, public service
announcements and other positive activities benefit both pedigreed and random bred cats.
We support alternatives to coercive legislation. Join with cat fanciers in promoting community programs to
manage feral cats and to provide low cost neuter/spay, to educate the public on the nature of cats, to increase adoption rates
and require sterilization of cats by shelters prior to adoption.