(In his first paragraph the author, Tim Steinbeiser, shoots down another myth created by the TNR crowd!)
The letter "Use TNR to control cat populations" (March 30) demonstrates how pro-TNR (trap, neuter, release) advocates skew data to suit their own agenda. The writer states that "trap and remove" will not get every cat and that the cats you cannot catch will start the breeding cycle again. I must ask: If you cannot catch all of the cats for trap and remove, how, then, can you catch all of the cats for TNR?
The writer also states that Dr. Levy's study in Florida proves that cats in TNR colonies are as healthy as housecats. What Dr. Levy actually found is that cats in TNR colonies are as healthy as free-roaming cats, not indoor cats.
Ewing Township has chosen the only effective method to control the increasing number of feral cats: trap and remove. More resources and volunteers must be dedicated to this effort so that results can be realized and the suffering of outdoor cats eliminated.
Cats are an alien predator introduced by man. The number of cats is much more than the natural predator/prey ratio and the prey base cannot survive this imbalance. Native birds have not evolved with cats and have no natural defense against this predator. Yes, some will escape, but the young have little chance.
Cats are not "nature"; cats are just one more human cause of habitat destruction that must be removed from the environment to restore balance. We must use science, not emotions, to solve this man-made epidemic. TNR has no scientific basis, only anecdotal evidence, as a defense.
-- TIM STEINBEISER, Lawrence
The writer is director of the Redbud Avian Rehabilitation Center Inc.