Stop Euthanizing Feral Cats

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.

PETITION LETTER:

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.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Salim Virji

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7 Comments

  1. these poor cats are just trying to survive.

  2. Nature Advocate says:

    The ONLY veterinarians and groups supporting the COMPLETELY INHUMANE practice of TNR are those that financially benefit from all the hundreds of thousands of dollars that PetSmart charities hand-out as “seed money” cash-grants and pleas for donations by exploiting suffering animals. The more suffering cat-mouths that they can all keep alive to torture to death by “attrition” and torture all wildlife to death with their cats, the more they all benefit financially. This is ONLY about the money being made by letting cats and animals suffer to death.

    THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING HUMANE NOR ECOLOGICALLY CORRECT ABOUT TNR.

    ALL respectable veterinarians and others with the least bit of credible education and morality speak out strongly against TNR. Educate yourselves as well about this morally reprehensible TNR “business”.

    You can start the process by Googling for these postings (include the quotes for each full search-string):

    “The TNR Con-Game”
    (Lists and dispels some of the most prevalent lies told by TNR cat-hoarders.)

    “Be cautious about using any cats taken from outdoors for adoption”
    (Why rabid cats are being adopted right from shelters.)

    “Here’s another fun aspect of TNR that TNR LIARS never bother to tell anyone”
    (TNR con-artist liars are now clipping cats ears only without sterilizing nor vaccines to save money and protect any stray cat from being trapped and euthanized, proof is included in that post.)

    and

    “Licensing and laws do nothing to curb the problem.” AND “I don’t see anyone dumping cats where I live anymore.” AND “irreversible consequences”
    (This posting contains the ONLY method that actually works 100%, is affordable by anyone or any size of community, and becomes a permanent fix in less than a year!)

    • Your post loaded with reactionary misinformation. ‘Liars’, ‘Con-game’,’morally reprehensible’. No credibility and no use replying.

      • Nature Advocate says:

        A bliss of self-inflicted ignorance is a wonderful trap from which there is no escape for anyone who wallows in just such a bliss. Find some more excuses to ensure that psychotic bliss of yours.

  3. Mary Johnson says:

    Stop this NOW!

  4. Please catch and neuter and release these cats and then they will just die out naturally without ever breading again. To stop feral cats from breeding they should be trapped and neutered full stop. The authorities need to make laws that make it mandatory for all pet cats to be neutered before they can go to new owners home. Then this problem would be somewhat alleviated, into the future. But powers that be seem to only have one solution and that is to be murderous killers.
    Instead of thinking outside the square and finding a solution that would be better.

  5. Do not kill these cats. Instead spay neuter, vaccinate them and release them. Require all pets to be vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and microchipped.
    CPR for the animals

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