September 17, 2017, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Carroll continues his discussion regarding the Department of Land and Natural Resources' (DLNR) proposal to kill or destroy feral cats at state harbors. The new rule will prohibit feeding cats at
the harbors, starting immediately, and allow the actual killing of cats starting in January 2019. After Carroll posted information, Dan Dennison posted statements about this being "fake news". So, what is Dan Dennison denying? Yes, there are too many cats, and control is needed. But, whatever is done, do it humanely. Shooting cats, particularly with a bounty as some suggest, is not the solution.
As Carroll talked about last week, he posted information he
received from an anonymous source regarding the proposed regulation, specifying feral cats can be destroyed at state harbors and on other state lands, at the discretion of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR). The source said the suggestion was made to use pellet guns to kill the cats. The response from Dan Dennison, Sr. Communications Manager for DLNR, was that this was fake news. He subsequently sent
story published by the Associated Press regarding the new boating rules that also includes a section on killing cats on state lands. In his post Dennison said, "Here
is honest, fact-based, accurate reporting of what the Land Board decided, not
based on gossip, supposition, hearsay, anonymous reporting and fake news
posts". Link here to read Carroll's post, and the AP story.
Carroll was concerned how he, and the public, were being portrayed by a state agency spokesperson after talking about the new ruling. Carroll did some research and found Dennison's tactic of denigrating and bullying the public was used in a number of disturbing ways in the past when he was the news director at an east coast television station. Carroll gives us details about
two very disturbing news stories Dennison was responsible for. One story ended with an FCC fine of $325,000 for its pornographic content after revealing an EMT volunteer was a former porn star. The story included very graphic video. (Link here to the FCC's ruling.) You can see the station's other disturbing story saying "Obama is a monkey" posted on Carroll's facebook page. The monkey story was also posted on Dan Dennison's personal facebook page. One more note is the killing of two people at Dennison's station by a person Dennison hired and fired. You may recall, Dan Dennison also worked for two television stations here in Hawaii. Tina Quizon, who did much of the research on Dennison, calls in to tell us about what she found, and indicates there is more research to be done.
Dan Dennison is another example of whom DLNR hires and how they work.
A caller tells us neutered cats are not a major health risk to the marine environment as the government claims. Among other things, neutered cats are beneficial for controlling rats and other pests. To control the cat population, cat caretakers pick up cats for neutering, then return them to their environment. Most neutered cats have a notch on top
of their ear, but neutered cats who are lost or dumped by their owners may not be notched, so it is not always easy to tell.
Let's tell Governor Ige, Case and her misguided cohorts that the public will not stand for cruel and inhumane killing of any animal. Case can be contacted by email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Listen to Carroll's last week's show regarding cats.
- WHO'S THE BAD CAT ?