The White Settlement town council reconsidered their recent 2-1 decision to evict Browser the cat from the local library and instead voted unanimously to allow the cat to stay. Browser was always popular with library patrons and employees and has been there for over five years.
According to a local paper some officials were in favor of evicting the cat, citing allergy and safety concerns. The mayor, Ron White, who is a moderator at council meetings with no vote. Told the Fort Worth Star that the move against Browser started at city hall not at the library or its patrons.
Acording to White a city employee was angry at not being allowed to keep his pet at work and started the anti-Browser fuss. White, a Browser supporter said: “We’ve had that cat five years, and there’s never been a question. That cat doesn’t have anything to do with whether somebody can have their puppy at City Hall. That cat doesn’t hurt anybody. … The council just went out and did this on their own because they don’t like cats.”
The negative vote caused an international uproar. Council member Jim Ryan said that he personally had received 1,394 messages from all over the US. However, he also had messages from Germany, Australia, Malaysia and Guam. All supported Browser. Mayor Ron White said he received approximately 1,800 emails by Friday before the meeting from all over the world including Germany, France, Malaysia and Canada. The huge number of emails and media attention led to the 3-0 reversal in the vote. Residents had packed the town hall to learn the result and cheered after the vote. Many of the visitors wanted to speak but the council refused to let them speak and went on with the vote. Browser was originally brought in to patrol the library for mice.
Although the vote was unanimous council member Elzie Clements expressed concern that the cat could be of concern for those with allergies. Lillian Blackburn, president of Friends of the White Settlement Public Library said the people with allergies could call ahead to ensure that the cat was sequestered when they visited.
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Ken is a retired philosophy professor living in the boondocks of Manitoba, Canada, with his Filipina wife. He enjoys reading the news and writing articles. Politically Ken is on the far left of the political spectrum on many issues.