Target: Walmart CEO Carl Douglas McMillon
Goal: Stop plans to trap and kill all the cats living in a managed feral cat colony located next to a Walmart store.
Walmart is discussing plans to trap and euthanize an entire feral cat colony that has been established for three years in a green area next to the parking lot of one of their stores. This colony in Boerne, Texas has been actively managed by volunteers, and all of the cats have been vaccinated and spayed or neutered. Instead of letting these harmless cats live or simply trying to relocate them, Walmart is going for the extermination route.
Not only is this unnecessarily cruel, it won’t work. Exterminating cat colonies has proven to be ineffective time and time again. If an area is ideal for a colony, new cats will always move in if others are removed. The only thing that can be done is to “manage” the colony with vaccinations and ensuring that the feral cats can’t breed. As long as they’re vaccinated and left alone, feral cats will not hurt humans and will in fact keep the pest population under control.
Animal activists are currently fighting with Walmart as it’s in talks with a cruel trap-and-euthanize company. Walmart has done some terrible things, but surely they don’t want to be known as the company that perpetually murders cats. Sign our petition to urge the corporation to see reason and support the management of this cat colony rather than killing them all for imagined convenience.
Dear Mr McMillon,
A Walmart center in Boerne, Texas is currently discussing plans to exterminate a feral cat colony located next to its parking lot with a cruel trap-and-euthanize company. This colony has been established and managed by humans for three years, and no harm has come to anyone as a result of its existence. The cats are all vaccinated and spayed or neutered, which is the only effective way to deal with a feral cat colony.
Exterminating these colonies does not work. Once the cats are cleared out, it creates a vacuum effect, and more wild cats will simply take over. Do you really want to be the company that murders innocent cats over and over every time they move in? Cats that are vaccinated against rabies are no threat to humans and there is no reason to cruelly exterminate them just for living near one of your stores.
These cats do not deserve to die. There are plenty of other solutions to any problems the cats might cause, the most effective being the management that has already been ongoing. You could even trap and relocate the cats, then pave over the area they’ve been living in. Do not damage your public reputation further by murdering innocent cats just because you view them as an inconvenience. The animal rights community will not stand for it.
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