I received this Action Alert via The Animal Alliance of Canada today, and am now posting this today in order to drum up support to save the Feral Cats which are to be captured and euthanized in an area of British Columbia.
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original news article:
100 Mile House Free Press, August 12, 2009
100 Mile to euthanize feral cats
The mayor of 100 Mile House cast the deciding vote to capture and euthanize a number of feral cats in the Scott Road area. Council met Aug. 11 and reviewed two options to deal with the approximately 50 to 100 cats that are disturbing residents.
One option, favoured by councillors Bill Hadden and Dave Mingo, was to trap the cats, spay or neuter them and release them back into the community. Councillors Jeanne Best and Mel Torgerson were in favour of trapping the cats and euthanizing them. Mayor Mitch Campsall’s deciding vote was in favour of euthanizing.
Campsall said council has been getting a lot of complaints that people can’t go out in their yards for all the cats spraying, yelling and fighting; residents can’t sleep because of the screeching and the cats are ruining peoples’ cars, boats and furniture.
The plan will be well advertised so cat owners can keep their own pets inside or have them wear a collar to distinguish them from the feral cats.
Please note that I made my own personal alterations to this sample letter which was provided by the Animal Alliance of Canada, (I let the contents the same, with only changes of the word “I” basically and my last paragraph comment, as I am sending it off myself as well, and I am hoping that others will do the same.
Please join myself and others in voicing your concerns about this approved action by Town Council. Please give a voice to these innocent animals, who through no fault of their own have been abandoned and discarded. Email addresses are as follows: Please scroll down to see sample letter. Thank you everyone.
Dear Mayor Campsall,
I am writing you on behalf of the tens of thousands of members of Canada’s national animal and environmental protection organizations, Animal Alliance of Canada and Environment Voters, regarding your recent vote to euthanize the approximately 50 to 100 feral cats in the Scott Road area.
We are appalled that a mayor and city council would take such draconian measures to solve a human/animal conflict. Clearly there are other more responsible and humane ways to solve this problem that do not involve the killing of feral cats. Two of your own city councilors, Bill Hadden and Dave Mingo, have suggested other options that would prevent further population growth among this colony of feral cats. While killing the cats may seem the most expedient way to deal with the situation, it will not solve your city?s feral cat problem, since the reason the feral cats exist is because your residents do not spay or neuter their cats. Cats allowed outdoors unsupervised roam and mate. The results are cats that are born in the wild.
Your municipality has clearly fallen down on its responsibility to ensure irresponsible pet ownership does not occur.
Yours is a human created problem and, as such, should result in new
policies that deal with the problematic human behavior. We strongly suggest developing policies which make it mandatory for cat owners to spay and neuter their cats and which prevent them from allowing their cats to roam outdoors. Otherwise, more feral cats simply will take the place of these cats.
Killing feral cats to solve a human-created problem is shortsighted and inhumane and ought not be tolerated. We strongly urge you to reconsider your decision and implement the suggestion of Hadden and Mingo to trap, spay and neuter the cats. We also suggest that you enlist the services of your local humane society or cat shelter to find either a sanctuary, cat rescue or farm that can take the cats.
Director, Project Jessie Coordinator
Animal Alliance of Canada
221 Broadview Avenue, Suite 101
Toronto, ON M4M 2G3
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