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Feral Cats Dealt Blow in Los Angeles: Fair? Vote

Animals  (tags: feral cats, los angeles, judge ruling, no protection, TNR programmes, cat welfare )

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The "Los Angeles Times" reports Sunday that a Superior Court judge has sided with the Audubon Society and other bird and wildlife groups who took the city to court over its support of a trap-neuter-release program.


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Simone Duffin (1462)
Monday January 18, 2010, 7:48 am
Do you think trap and neuter programs can be effective?
Yes57%No43%Vote TOTAL VOTES: 229Latest results

Past Member (0)
Monday January 18, 2010, 7:52 am
I've been witness to the's not the perfect solution, but what is, considering the way humans have created such an imbalance...Thanks Simone...

Cynthia Davis (340)
Monday January 18, 2010, 9:31 am
Neutering is better then the alternative. I voted yes. TY Simone

Angel W (238)
Monday January 18, 2010, 10:13 am
Noted and voted xx

Susan D (116)
Monday January 18, 2010, 4:57 pm
How ignorant of the Audubon Society to do such a thing. As for the judge.... well are we surprised? What can we do now, for the poor unwanted cats? If only the callous people who turn their cats out could be caught and made to pay for the misery they cause.

Vinnie m (333)
Monday January 18, 2010, 9:52 pm
I voted YES, and I agree with Susan D. Thanks Simone and please check my Petition called, "I'm Hungry!". Thanks

Robyn L (80)
Monday January 18, 2010, 10:15 pm
That is so wrong!! They say there are 1 million feral cats in LA... well how many birds are there? More than that and they crap all over the place! Especially the seagulls and pigeons. And what about the parrots people let go that are all over the place running the native birds out? For pete's sake what a waste of judicial time!

. (0)
Monday January 18, 2010, 11:10 pm
There should be a spay and neuter programme.. if they kill these cats.. I pray that they will be cursed with plaques of rats and snakes... I hate these people that choooose the easy way out... absolutely disgusting... these ferals paly an impotant role in society..

gerlinde p (161)
Tuesday January 19, 2010, 12:25 am
voted thankyou

IE Ries (237)
Tuesday January 19, 2010, 10:57 am

Audubon IS correct, it doesn't work.

Cats are an invasive species in North America, folks. It's time to face up to that and the enormous amount of wildlife casualties attributed to feral cats.

Sterilizing and releasing also doesn't work, and more to the point, it's not humane - for the cat, and for the wildlife.

Did anyone here stop to consider that cats are the #1 rabies vectors in urban and suburban areas? Did anyone consider that cats are subject to Feline HIV/AIDS and leukemia and other transmitted diseases? How about injuries from attacks by other cats, dogs and wildlife? And then there are injuries/deaths from car strikes.

"these ferals paly an impotant role in society.."

And what is that, exactly, other than decimating wildlife, spreading rabies and other diseases and being subject to predation themselves?

Forcing cats to live as ferals is NOT humane. What's best is for them to be taken into homes, socialized, and kept. Chaz, you want to talk about "the easy way out?" Re-releasing IS "the easy way out" because NO ONE, and certainly not the ferals, benefits by this.

Please think carefully about this situation!

My vote = NO

Katie R (38)
Tuesday January 19, 2010, 11:08 am
Anyone thinking it doesn't work should watch the video by AlleyCat Allies on You Tube called living with cats!!
It is very enlightening.

Katie R (38)
Tuesday January 19, 2010, 11:09 am
Do you think trap and neuter programs can be effective?
Yes 57% No43%Vote TOTAL VOTES: 848 Latest results

Katie R (38)
Tuesday January 19, 2010, 11:13 am

Robyn L (80)
Tuesday January 19, 2010, 9:09 pm
I have participated in trap, neuter and return programs. Homes were found for kittens and the adults who were not tame were returned. They had their shots and are being fed by volunteers. Maybe it takes extremely determined, responsible people who are willing to go out of their way, put out some money and really care about these animals.
It does work!
I don't think anyone wants to force cats to live as ferals but if they are feral what are you going to do with it? An adult cat that is feral is very difficult to deal with. I am sure, given a choice it would rather live as a feral than be killed.
By the way... 2 weekends ago my tame cat caught a finch. Does she deserve a death sentence? I don't think so.
I did get the bird away from her right away and took it to a rehab center. Last I heard it is doing ok.

IE Ries (237)
Wednesday January 20, 2010, 10:51 am

The finch didn't "deserve" to be caught, either, though, did it?

Why was your cat outside? I'd be too concerned with the cat's well-being and that of the wildlife to permit that.

This IS the problem - the cat isn't native and shouldn't be preying on birds, Mother Nature put a check and balance system in place and domesticated cats are NOT part of that natural equation.

And I have to disagree: return programs are NOT humane for the cats, it's the easy way out instead of working to get them homed.

Mervi R (74)
Thursday January 28, 2010, 12:35 pm
Voted YES and noted.
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