Target: United States Department of Fish & Wildlife Services
Goal: Stop the inhumane treatment and killing of feral cats by implementing trap-neuter-return programs in U.S. cities.
Although feral cats are not wild animals, the neglected and abandoned creatures are becoming increasingly wild. A recent Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute study indicated that around 2.4 billion birds and 12.7 billion small mammals are killed by feral and free-ranging cats every year. Since catch-neuter-release methods have proven effective in many communities, we must control the feral cat population humanely. Stop the unnecessary euthanasia of feral cats.
Following the recent study results, cat supporters called those staggering figures “bogus” and “ungrounded.” Unlike wild animals, feral cats situate themselves near humans for basic survival. According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, “Feral cats do benefit from humans. Many people feed feral cats and some even go so far as to neuter them and provide veterinary care when needed. Even so, these cats are largely unapproachable. They must be trapped in order to be handled, and once trapped, often will not go near a trap again.”
National advocacy organizations like Alley Cat Allies advocate humane treatment of feral cats through trap-neuter-return programs. Rather than simply killing off feral cat populations, Alley Cat Allies educates communities about proper trapping techniques and provides resources for neutering services.
Sign the below petition to urge U.S. cities to stop euthanizing feral cats and implement humane trap-neuter-return programs. These type of programs will help control the population of the estimated 30 million to 80 million feral cats in America, while ensuring that the species is also treated humanely.
Dear United States Department of Fish & Wildlife Services,
The feral cat population has been a major problem for many U.S. cities in recent decades. However, euthanasia is not the answer. You must help cities around the country implement humane and effective trap-neuter-release programs so that the feral cat population does not continue to grow. These types of control techniques do not harm feral cats when done correctly and are supported by national advocacy organizations, like Alley Cat Allies.
I am urging you to work with U.S. state and city departments to stop the inhumane killing of feral cats as a means of population control. Since humane methods of controlling the population have proven effective, we must protect these abandoned creatures who need our help.
[Your Name Here]
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