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"In the U.S., more cats are intentionally killed than die of any other cause."<br><br>
"Virtually every feral cat that enters a shelter or animal control facility is killed. The very system that is supposed to care about the welfare of animals is, in fact, subjecting them to a ruthless policy of extermination."<br><br>
"Funded by taxpayer dollars, these inhumane programs do not effectively control cat population growth. Only one method - Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) - does."<br><br>
Please sign this petition <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br><br><a href="http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/725659062?z00m=98015&ltl=1177527859" target="_blank">http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takea...ltl=1177527859</a>
 

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Nobody wants to help out kitties <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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i signed it. i've cared for feral cats for many years when i lived on a farm. when the property was sold i rounded them up and relocated them to where they have a chance to survive, rather than leave them to be caught and executed, which i know is what happens.<br><br>
where i live, it was in the newspaper that the animal shelter sells the dead bodies to school districts for dissections. so there's actually a "bounty" on the heads of all feral cats they can catch. they make a big profit off them. the animal control was in trouble for not waiting long enough to kill cats... a rush to exterminate due to the monitary gain to be had. pretty sick.
 

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where i live, it was in the newspaper that the animal shelter sells the dead bodies to school districts for dissections. so there's actually a "bounty" on the heads of all feral cats they can catch. they make a big profit off them. the animal control was in trouble for not waiting long enough to kill cats... a rush to exterminate due to the monitary gain to be had. pretty sick.</div>
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Thats awful <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Honestly though, TNR is the ONLY method that will work. As the PP put it, trap and neuter, but then what? What do you propose we do with them then?<br><br>
They virtually can't be adopted out. They are feral.<br><br>
If they are trapped and euthanized or trapped and neutered but not returned, guess what happens? Their relatives and OTHER feral cats will take up the space where they were living. These cats will reproduce at massive rates and will cause further problems.<br><br>
If they are returned to the wild, they will continue to live in their colonies and take up the same amount of space and resources that they have been. But, they will NOT reproduce, and thus the colony will not get bigger and will not spread out.<br><br>
This is a difficult concept to explain thoroughly, but it does work. It's been proven to work. As an active participant (veterinarian) in a TNR program, I can attest to the fact that it DOES work.
 

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But... the TNR'ed cats will die off eventually, leaving that gap in the population that the rest of the non-neutered cats will fill quickly. The life span of a feral cat is short, and their reproductive capacity is huge. These ideas only delay that inevitability by a few years.<br><br>
Just like kudzu, feral cats are a firmly established invasive species in this country. Ain't nothin' we can do about it. All we can do now is wait for nature to balance out their presence somehow - it might take 100 years or 1000 years. Neutering them, killing them, I don't think any of these have any real effect in the long run. Not unless you could catch 100% of them and neuter or kill them.<br><br>
I don't think killing them is right, nor do I think the goals of these butchers will ever be realized. Ergo, I'm on your side here. It's inhumane, and it's a horrible waste of resources when it won't make a bit of difference.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Do you mean returning them to the "wild" where they will continue to prey on wildlife?<br></div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">But... the TNR'ed cats will die off eventually, leaving that gap in the population that the rest of the non-neutered cats will fill quickly. The life span of a feral cat is short, and their reproductive capacity is huge. These ideas only delay that inevitability by a few years.</div>
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Right, but it controls the population.
 

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I've been active in a TNR program for 4 years.<br><br>
An established, long-term TNR program reduces feral cat populations in both the short and long term. Studies show colonies' population decrease over time (as the cats eventually die off). It's not just me that says this - it's been proven by studies that have been published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medicine Association (JAVMA).<br><br>
I'll sign the petition!<br><br>
And if you'd like more information about TNR, see<br><a href="http://www.alleycat.org" target="_blank">www.alleycat.org</a><br>
They've got LOTS of information, backed by scientific studies.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">An established, long-term TNR program reduces feral cat populations in both the short and long term. Studies show colonies' population decrease over time (as the cats eventually die off). It's not just me that says this - it's been proven by studies that have been published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medicine Association (JAVMA).</div>
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YUP!<br><br>
Signed the petition.
 

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Howdy all. Just a reminder, there is no debate in Activism. If you feel a counter cause is worthy, please submit your own thread. If you wish to discuss the merits of this call to action, please start a thread in News & Current Events. No debating here though.<br><br>
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I just saw this and passed it on to my boyfriend, too. Thanks for not only the petition but calling attention to what we can do HUMANELY to help control the feral cat population.
 

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Done! I love my cats and all their relatives.
 

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I very much advocate TNR, and have trapped, had neutered, and returned many ferals.<br><br>
I think online petitions are a waste of time, and will not visit their sites, much less sign them. They are <a href="http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/petition/internet.asp" target="_blank">truly useless</a>.<br><br>
However, do give <a href="http://www.alleycat.org" target="_blank">http://www.alleycat.org</a> a visit. They are awesome.<br><br>
For the skeptics, just a couple salient points:<br><br>
- Feral cats are not native wildlife; that's why we trap and neuter them. If they <i>were</i> native wildlife, we would leave them alone. If you think they are harming the environment, then support TNR, because it reduces ferals' presence effectively, which no trap-and-kill effort has been demonstrated to do.<br><br>
- Neutering has reduced the number of animals killed in shelters each year by more than half. It is an effective and humane system.<br><br>
- Shelters commonly participate in TNR programs. Shelter workers are, in general, the most enthusiastic about reducing animal deaths. The most realistic portrayal of the situation was at the end of a poem I read once:<br><br><i>"...and then the shelter workers,<br>
with no tears left to cry,<br>
accept them into loving arms<br>
and take them off to die"</i><br><br>
It is cruel and inaccurate to blame shelters for the killing of animals. The deaths are a result of our production of many more pets than we as a society want to care for, combined with a societal unwillingness to invest the (substantial) resources needed to provide lifetime care for an overwhelming number of homeless pets.<br><br>
There was a time when many municipal shelters were nothing more than impound facilities (pounds) run similarly to prisons, by individuals who had no regard for animal welfare. This prompted the humane societies to bid for municipal contracts, since they had the opportunity to provide humane animal control services in place of the inhumane policies that had existed.<br><br>
Shelters are now run by individuals who have deep compassion for animals and who would very much prefer not to kill any of them. Characterizing them as the source of the problem only makes the problem worse. For example, people give away kittens, rather than bringing them to the 'evil' shelter that would neuter them prior to adoption; then those kittens reproduce, and the <i>progeny</i> (5 times the original number) are taken to the shelter instead.<br><br>
So please take the time to learn something about a cause before thoughtlessly standing in its way.
 

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The ones to blame for the overpopulation of pets are those people who regularly feed dogs and cats (their own pets or strays) but don't get them neutered.<br><br>
If someone feeds a stray or feral cat, that gives it the calories it needs to reproduce. Female cats that do not have an adequate food supply will not go into heat as regularly as well-fed cats (just like undernourished women).<br><br>
Feeding strays or feral without getting them neutered can lead to dozens of cats in just a few years. Getting them neutered prevents this, decreases disease transmission, and reduces fighting and other nuisances.<br><br>
Please, get your pets neutered, and support TNR programs in your community.
 
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