Dumb Laws–Unequal treatment: Cats are privileged in Thousand Oaks
Why should cats be given special treatment in Thousand Oaks and dogs dealt with…well…like dogs. Thousand Oaks adopted Title 10 of the Los Angeles County Code in its entirety which outlines a full set of animal law ordinances. For some unexplained reason Thousand Oaks exempted cats, really their owners, from having to get licenses for their animals, which is not the case with the L.A. code. In this age of political correctness, and the fact that most of us on staff like dogs better (with the exception our publisher, who we ignore), we find ourselves asking, why should owners of felines be off the hook for fees while dog owners are stuck with licensing their pets? Both species have fur and four legs. Dogs love us while cats merely tolerate our existence. Something is wrong here.
From Los Angeles County’s Title 10 regulations:
10.20.010 License tags–Issuance–Fee.
Pursuant to Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 30801) of Divisions 14 and 14.5 of the Food and Agricultural Code, the director shall issue serially numbered permanent dog and cat license tags marked with the name of the county of Los Angeles. (Ord. 2000-0075 § 23, 2000: Ord. 93-0002 § 2 (part), 1993: Ord. 85-0204 § 8, 1985: Ord. 9943 § 3, 1970: Ord. 9454 § 1 (part), 1967: Ord. 7829 § 3, 1960: Ord. 4729 Art. 4 § 401, 1946.)
They know how to be fair in Los Angeles. Yet later, after adopting Title 10, this is what they did in Thousand Oaks:
Sec. 6-1.108. Amendments: Cat license and tags not required.
Title 10 of the Los Angeles County Code concerning animals, as adopted by Sec. 6-1.101, is hereby amended to read as follows:
Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 6-1.100(a), cat licenses and the requirement to wear licensing tags as set forth in Sections 10.20.30 and 10.20.180 of said Los Angeles County Code, shall not be required in the City of Thousand Oaks. The licensing of a cat will be allowed on a voluntary basis at the discretion of its owner, upon payment of the license fee prescribed by City Council resolution.
The amendment was signed into law with this: http://www.toaks.org/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=23904
What a miscarriage of justice. So what if cats were worshiped in ancient Egypt and they had a whole musical about them, dogs are loyal, friendly and they love us no matter what. We urge dog owners to arise and demand that that cat living next door be licensed. It would clean up the homeless population of cats, keep them from coming to your house to beg for free tuna and caterwauling late into the evening as they make furious love outside your bedroom window–what nerve.
In a city that regulates nearly everything you do it’s only right that all fur-balls be treated equally.