Currently in the Illinois House of Representatives, Illinois Senate Bill 641 is bad for Illinois birds and wildlife. Please join us in voicing your opposition to this irresponsible legislation by calling your state represenative and aksing them to vote NO on SB 641. Unsure who your represenative is? Find out here.
Senate Bill 641 proposes the use of public funding to facilitate a “trap, neuter, release” (TNR) program for feral cats in Illinois. Feral cats are non-native to our natural environments in Illinois and cause substantial damage to our native wildlife. Research indicates that feral cats kill between 1.3 to 4 billion birds each year, a number outweighing all other anthropogenic sources combined. With hundreds of native bird species breeding and migrating through Illinois each year, Senate Bill 641 could have a significant detrimental impact on several threatened bird species.
Senate Bill 641 would prevent local governmental units from enacting science-based and well-supported ordinances aimed at controlling feral and outdoor cats. Specifically it undermines our Illinois Constitution Article XI: Environment: The public policy of the State and the duty of each person is to provide and maintain a healthful environment for the benefit of this and future generations.