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dgk
November 6th 07, 06:45 PM
You'd think that cats would kill birds, wouldn't you? I'm going to
this demonstration:

DEMONSTRATION AGAINST PORT AUTHORITY CALLED FOR NOVEMBER 15 - Meeting
of Board of Commissioners Targeted for Protest

(New York, Nov. 5, 2007) A demonstration against the plan of the Port
Authority of NY and NJ to exterminate hundreds of feral cats at JFK
Airport has been called for Thursday, Nov. 15, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at
Port Authority Headquarters (225 Park Ave. in Manhattan, betwn. 18th
and 19th Sts., just north of Union Square). The Port Authority's Board
of Commissioners will be meeting on that day and are the governing
body which can order an immediate halt to the extermination effort -
an effort that animal welfare experts have uniformly criticized as
inhumane and ineffectual. (See Letter to the Editor
<http://www.nypost.com/seven/10302007/postopinion/letters/aspcas_aid.htm>
, NY Post, by Ed Sayres, President, ASPCA.)

In other developments, more JFK victims may be dumped this week at a
local animal control shelter by the Port Authority's hired guns, who
were trapping over the past weekend. "We start each day not knowing
whether we'll be able to save all the captured cats, but we'll keep
trying to delay the killing for as long as possible. In this rescue
effort, the assistance of Animal Care and Control of NYC has been
invaluable," said Valerie Sicignano, East Coast coordinator for In
Defense of Animals (IDA) <http://www.idausa.org> and Program Director
for the NYC Feral Cat Initiative, a program of the Mayor's Alliance
for NYC's Animals <http://www.animalalliancenyc.org> .

Alley Cat Allies <http://www.alleycat.org/pdf/pr-jfk.pdf> issued a
statement condemning the eradication program and labeling the Port
Authority's claim that the cats were attracting birds as "ludicrous."
A snap poll run by NY1
<http://www.ny1.com/ny1/Polls/Results/index.jsp?voted=0&amp;pollintid=3028&amp;polltype=1&amp;pollac tivequestionintid=>
, a leading NYC cable TV station, ended with 89% of respondents
favoring Trap-Neuter-Return for the JFK cats.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

We must keep the pressure on in the form of phone calls, emails and
faxes. We have information that YOU ARE HAVING AN IMPACT inside Port
Authority! Those of us leading this effort are willing to stick it out
for as long as it takes, whether that's days, weeks or months, but we
can't do it without you. Please try to come to the demonstration on
Nov. 15 and please read these tips carefully so we can counter Port
Authority's attempts to close their eyes and shut their ears to the
public:

Tip #1
When sending emails, do NOT write either "JFK" or "cats" in the
subject heading. They are screening for those words and deleting or
bouncing back those emails. Instead, keep it vague, like "Port
Authority problem" or "suggested improvement" - make up your own
unique phrase so they can't screen out anymore. When calling, if you
get a live person, try to avoid mentioning the JFK cats to the first
person you get on the line, but instead say you want to talk to
someone about a problem you're having at the Port Authority's
locations. Then talk to the 2nd person about JFK.

Tip #2
We're now targeting the Board of Commissioners at PA. When appointed,
this Board was given the mandate of improving relations between PA and
the NYC community. So they're not going to be pleased to hear about
this one!

Keep the emails and faxes short and polite - preferably one, no more
than two paragraphs. Let them know you condemn (1) the extermination
plan, (2) the lies by Port Authority that the cats are an aviation
threat and all the trapped cats will be adopted or otherwise rescued,
and (3) the refusal of Port Authority to communicate with the public
and their attempt to ignore the community's clear feelings on this
matter. Demand an end to the killing and talks with local animal
welfare experts at the Mayor's Alliance.

WHO TO CONTACT

Anthony R. Coscia, Chairman, Board of Commisioners
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Phone: 732.846.2120 (direct line)
732-846-7600 (this is the general number for Mr. Coscia’s law firm)
Fax: 732.846.8877
E-Mail:

Henry R. Silverman, Vice-Chairman
Port Authority Board of Commissioners
Realogy Corporation, Chairman and CEO
General number: (973) 407-2000
Email form:

Bruce A. Blakeman, New York Commissioner
Port Authority Board of Commissioners
Abrams Fensterman, Partner
Phone: (516) 592-5858
Fax: (516) 328-6638


Virginia S. Bauer, New Jersey Commissioner
Port Authority Board of Commissioners
Mack-Cali Realty Corporation, Vice President
General number: (732) 590-1000
General fax: (732) 205-8237


The Honorable Jon Corzine, Governor, New Jersey
609-292-6000 (phone)
Email: http://www.state.nj.us/governor/govmail.html

(for more names and contact info, go to www.neighborhoodcats.org
<http://www.neighborhoodcats.org> and scroll down)