Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Here are some of the facts of TNR:

1. Trap, neuter, release practicers abandon an alien domestic animal into the wild to risk mauling by dogs, disease, exposure to weather, traffic roadkill, ill treatment by humans and other hazards.
2. Trap, neuter, release practicers enable predation of an alien pest on our native wildlife and competition with our natural predators. In doing so they break federal laws protecting our wildlife.
3. Trap, neuter, release practicers enable a pest to invade other's property to plunder, destroy property, and befoul it without any regard to the property owner's feelings on the matter.
It sounds like an irresponsible and rude thing to do, doesn't it?


Laura said...

1)the goal of TNR is to eliminate feral cats from the environment, without resorting to killing them. This solution is proposed and implemented by volunteers who love cats. That's the tool we have, they work for free and that's what they're willing to do. What SOLUTION are YOU proposing? What are you willing to DO about this problem? I don't see the bird agencies actually doing anything, or proposing any plan. Why aren't birders out there trapping and euthanizing (or re-homing, or whatever) feral cats?
Asking people to keep their pet cats indoors when there are 40 million cats outdoors already, breeding, seems pretty pointless. Standing in the way of the only people who are trying to do something to stop the increasing population of homeless cats - is perplexing!
The alternative to TNR is (historically) to do nothing. The public doesn't want mass killing of cats, and won't pay for it!

2)TNR returns feral cats to where they were already living, after spay/neutering. TNR advocates didn't cause them to be there, and we don't enable their behavior.
Feral cats are the unsocialized offspring of pet cats that were lost or abandoned, and never spayed by their owners. Friendly (stray) cats, and kittens are removed from the habitat, spay/neutered and placed in homes. This causes an immediate drop in the number of cats.

3)spaying and neutering decreases much of the nuisance aspects - the fighting and smelly spraying. There are humane ways to keep cats out of your yard. http://neighborhoodcats.org/info/keepingout.htm

4) Bird advocates should distinguish between cats living in cities, where they might kill the odd pigeon, starling or sparrow (themselves non-native, and the bane of birders), rats and mice, and cats living in parks (where they were abandoned) and near ground-nesting endangered shore birds, which can and should be relocated.

Bird Advocate said...

You, uh, want to "relocate" the cats away from endangered shore birds? Why not eliminate the problem?