The HSUS Offers Reward for Information in Honokohau Cat Deaths

The Humane Society of the United States
Thursday, 3 June 2004

A $6,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the deaths of three feral cats found hanged in a grisly display last week at Hawaii's Honokohau Small Boat Harbor north of Kailua-Kona.

The feline bodies were hung in front of a paper sign warning against feeding cats and a hand-scrawled message, "Do not feed the cats, DLNR." "DLNR" is an acronym for Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources. According to DLNR officials, the agency's Boating Division posted the signs about a year ago to discourage people from feeding the cats. However, the department states that it did not kill the animals.

The $6,000 reward includes $2,500 from The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), $2,500 from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and $1,000 offered by the Hawaii Island Humane Society.

"We hope the reward monies will provide the incentive for someone to come forth if they have any information that could help us solve this case," said Franny Kinslow of the Hawaii Island Humane Society (HIHS). Tissue samples were taken to determine if the cats were poisoned before they were hanged. Results are still pending.

"In Hawaii, cruelty to animals is considered a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison and $1,000 fine," said Kinslow.

Eric Sakach, director of The HSUS West Coast Regional Office in Sacramento, California added, "In light of what we know about the connections between animal cruelty and human violence, it is disturbing to consider how these animals died and the kind of person who would make a public display of them."

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to please call (808) 987-7214. All calls will be kept confidential.

Through its First Strike® campaign, The HSUS raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between cruelty to animals and human violence while providing a variety of resources on the issue to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and the public. The HSUS also offers rewards for animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty.

The HSUS is the nation's largest animal protection organization with over eight million members and constituents. The HSUS is a mainstream voice for animals, with active programs in companion animals and equine protection, wildlife and habitat protection, animals in research and farm animals and sustainable agriculture. The HSUS works to protect all animals through legislation, litigation, investigation, education, advocacy and fieldwork. The non-profit organization, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2004, is based in Washington, DC and has 10 regional offices across the country. The HSUS West Coast Regional Office serves California, Nevada and Hawaii.

For more information, or to contact The Humane Society of the United States, see their website at: www.hsus.org

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