I am sure you remember when I shared with you the story of a petition to have hybrid cats, including bengal cats like me, Jacey, and Marley, banned. The humans behind the petition made outrageous claims about us.
They said that no matter what, we would spray inside of homes, and that we are aggressive wild animals that would even attack our larger feline cousins like tigers. They insulted us by calling us “Frankenfelines.” And they said that it is impossible to find homes for hybrid cats like bengal cats, savannahs, and chausies.
The human went to a meeting of the California Fish and Game Commission in the summer, when it was held here in San Diego. At the meeting, the vice mayor of a neighboring city spoke to the Commission about how bengal cats and other hybrid cats are not the dangerous creatures we were portrayed to be.
At that meeting, one of the Commission members said that humans who share their homes with hybrid cats were likely going to be very happy when they rendered their decision on whether to move forward with the regulation of bengal cats and other hybrid breeds.
That was good news, but humans who like sharing their homes with hybrid cats did not give up the fight. My human sent a letter to the commission and also signed a petition to the Commission to deny the call to regulate us. And yesterday, our efforts paid off.
The Fish and Game Commission unanimously decided to follow staff recommendations and to deny the petition to have bengal cats and other hybrid breeds regulated. One of the Commissioners said something that should prevent future attempts to ban us.
“If someone brings us a petition to preclude other people from enjoying something they do, I think it is very incumbent upon them to be loaded with information as to exactly why that does pose — not might pose, not could pose, not maybe will pose — but poses a risk. Anything less than that I regard as just mean.”
He is right. It was very mean to attempt to take bengal cats and other hybrid breeds away from humans who love them. The humans pushing for the ban said that they would exclude any current cats, but we would need papers to prove that we are four or more generations away from our wild ancestors. Jacey, Marley, and I are all rescues who do not have that paperwork.
I am very happy that the human will not have to break the law to make sure Jacey, Marley, and I can live happily with him for a long time to come.