Everybody’s Gone Surfing, Even the Cats

Cat sign 1So I’m taking a pleasant walk along a Florida beachfront park and encounter this sign warning that it is a crime, punishable by up to one year in prison, to abandon cats in the park.  I’m thinking, “That’s weird.”

Cat sign 2Then I get to a second sign warning it is unlawful to feed or abandon cats or other animals.  Unlawful to feed a cat?  Wait a minute.

At this point, I’m thinking, “Aren’t we engaging in some serious overkill on the cat issue?”

But then I come to a third sign and go, “Uh-oh.Cat sign 3” Did Tuggers run away to join the other cats?

Poor Tuggers.  Hope he is found.  In the meantime, if you are at the beach and come across an Orange Domestic Shorthair sunbathing or shell collecting, be felonious (or it is feline-ious) and feed the poor thing.

Meanwhile, anyone who would abandon a cat deserves a bad fate.

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Andrew Jay McClurg is a law professor whose teaching and research interests include tort law, products liability, legal education, privacy law and firearms policy. He holds the Herbert Herff Chair of Excellence in Law at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.
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