More On Proposed Bengal Ban

Furiends, I wrote to you before with information about a proposed ban on bengals like Jacey, Marley, and me. The proposed ban was full of misinformation about bengal cats and other breeds that have descended from wild cats. A bengal cat or other hybrid cat is many things. But we are not wild animals. Nor are we threats to animal welfare and human welfare as was claimed by some organizations.

Now a human who deals with many bengal cats has written an article in Catster. In this article, she explains why a ban on breeds like bengals, savannahs, and chausies is foolish and must be stopped.

Stop the Ban on Bengal Cats and Other Hybrids
Nap Time — photo by Jamie Young

She begins the article by asking a question, which I will ask you as well. Take a look at that picture and tell me if you think that feline looks like one who is “too rough to live with domestic cats and dogs” or if it looks like it is “not safe to be around elderly people or children.”

The organizations behind this proposed ban told more lies about us. Furiends, if you see how Jacey, Marley, and I interact with the human you know it is a complete lie when they say that we “have an aversion to interaction with humans.” And then they lie more when they say that a bengal cat “can rip you to ribbons.”

I have taken a swat at the human before, and I have drawn blood. It was painful from him, but it was nowhere near ripping him to ribbons! It wasn’t any more painful than what my former companion, Pepe, had done to him before. And Pepe was a domestic short hair.

But the proponents of the ban may say, well, that is three bengal cats. It is not enough to draw a conclusion from. And that is why I am so glad a human took the time to do an analysis using lots of data. She found that in three years of behavior consulting, hybrids like bengals and savannahs were no more likely than any other breed to have aggression or litter box problems.

Tufts University also published a study in Catnip regarding bengal cats and surrenders due to behavioral problems. They found that other breed specific rescue groups had more surrenders due to behavioral issues than groups focusing on bengal cats.

My Fellow Bengal Cat Drinking Water
Maulee — Photo By Marilyn Krieger

Furiends, the things these people are saying to ban bengal cats and other hybrids are just not true. That is why it is so important to write to the officials in charge to let them know why they are wrong.

Please email the humans in charge of the various organizations considering this ban on hybrids like Jacey, Marley and me. You can email them to let them know the petition to ban us is based on lies.

Hybrid cats are clearly not for everyone. We are active, athletic, intelligent, and mischievous. We are a handful for any human. Jacey, Marley and I often drive our human nuts. But he does not mind because he knows that is part of what makes us so interesting.

Humans like him should be able to provide a bengal cat or other hybrid a loving home. Please write to make sure he continues to be able to do so.

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7 Replies to “More On Proposed Bengal Ban”

  1. Wonderful article, great job. It is sad that a few groups can try to create hysteria about these wonderful cats. They are portraying them like a lion or tiger which they are nothing like. They are domestic cats that live with our families, get shown at cat shows with other domestic cats. I hope everyone writes Calif Fish & Wildlife and let them know what these cats are really like.

    1. Yes, it is silly to do so and just wrong. We are not Frankencats and we are not going to rip anyone to ribbons. They are trying to scare uninformed people into banning us.

      The Asian leopard cat, serval cat, and jungle cat we have in our lineage is so far removed that we are not wild in any way. And even if we were, these are small felines, not tigers or lions!

    2. You should do some research on the people BEHIND this petition – they are dubious in actions. BTW, this group, the ALDF, gets more than 4 million $$$ in funding, and can afford a fleet of lawyers to cause trouble where no danger exists!
      These people have no qualms about lying. They LOVE to play the ‘Rabies’ card. In our state no cat of ANY breed, has had rabies- in 35 years…..hardly a problem! DOGS…on the other hand, DO get rabies, along with bats. Be on guard for future attacks.

  2. I have a Savannah (F4). We support you and are fighting right along side with you so Kovu can stay with us. 🙂

    1. That is very good news. I only talked about bengals because I can only speak about my breed. But I am sure that savannahs are the same. It is silly to ban us because the wild cats we are descended from are so far in the past and because they are not endangered!

  3. Do some research on the people behind these groups…you will be surprised. Some have serious legal problems. They get almost 4 million $ in funding and can afford a fleet of lawyers to get notice. They love to use the ‘rabies’ card to scare people – but in our state, NO CAT of any kind, has had rabies in more than 35 years! Hardly an important issue.
    Dogs, on the other hand, often carry rabies, as do bats. But they use is as a scare card. Be on guard – they will keep trying.

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