Target: Jonathan Tisch, CEO of Loews Hotels
Goal: Stop the brutal treatment of feral cats by Loews Hotels
The Loews Hotel Portofino, Loews Royal Pacific and the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando, Florida have come up with a new strategy for dealing with their feral cat problem. The hotels have begun trapping the cats, keeping them in the traps for days and neglecting to treat them humanely. Tell Loews Hotels that being a “pet-friendly” hotel means treating feral cats with the same care that they would give to their customers’ pets.
When Loews Hotels was beginning to create a plan for dealing with the problem of feral cats at their hotels, Alley Cat Allies, a group that promotes humane treatment of feral cats, reached out to them with advice on how to handle the problem humanely and correctly. Loews chose to ignore their advice and implemented a policy that has customers and employees disturbed and concerned with the blatant mistreatment of these defenseless animals. The hotels have told employees not to feed or help the cats, with the threat of disciplinary action if they don’t comply. They have hired a pest control company which has been trapping the cats. The cats are left in the traps for days in the hot weather and ignoring commonly accepted humane practices such as checking the traps hourly, providing a towel so the cats do not feel anxious and promptly removing them from the traps.
Customers and employees have reported seeing the cats bloodied and visibly distraught when they are finally removed from the traps. These healthy, neutered felines have been denied food, water and comfort and have been separated from the colonies in which they live. This kind of treatment is unacceptable, especially when groups like Alley Cat Allies have offered to help Loews deal with the issue humanely. Tell Loews Hotel CEO Jonathan Tisch to ensure that these cats are being treated with care and consideration.
Dear Mr. Tisch,
Three of your hotels, Loews Portofino, Loews Royal Pacific and the Hard Rock Hotel, in Orlando have begun a brutal and inhumane campaign to rid their facilities of feral cats. After refusing advice and offers to help from groups like Alley Cat Allies, the three hotels hired a pest control company to start trapping the cats. The cats are left in the traps for days in the hot Orlando sun, and are denied food, water and comfort. There have been reports of cats who have cut themselves trying to escape. Employees have been ordered to not feed or interact with the cats and if they are found doing so, their actions warrant disciplinary review.
Your company markets itself as a pet-friendly hotel chain. After hearing about the treatment of these feral cats, that claim seems outlandish. These cats are healthy animals who live together in colonies and can enjoy a fulfilled life. It’s hard to imagine why the management at Loews would refuse the advice of an organization dedicated to the humane treatment of feral cats. One thing is clear: this approach to the issue cannot continue and you must do something about it before your company’s name suffers. Please reach out to groups like Alley Cat Allies and come up with a method of managing these animals that is humane and effective.
[Your Name Will Go Here]