TNR Instead of Culling for Australian Stray and Feral Cats
If you’ve followed the news for cats out of Australia, you’ve probably read about the “cat culls” performed to preserve wildlife, wholesale killing of cats in certain areas even though evidence shows they don’t pose any threat to the wildlife. And it’s also proven that killing populations of cats does not “get rid of cats,” it only leaves room for more cats to move in, so the whole operation is pointless as well as inhumane.
“The national Australian government, along with many state governments, have been pursuing large-scale culling of unowned outdoor cats for decades. The goal of eradicating feral and stray cats from large portions of the landscape, even whole islands, is to protect the native wildlife, which many Australians believe are being threatened to extinction by cat predation. Despite heavy evidence that cat predation has little effect on overall prey animal populations, anti-cat hysteria seems to be the norm throughout the country.”
Alley Cat Rescue reported some positive news for cats out of Australia for these cats in New South Wales, the fifth largest state in Australia, of a five-year plan for TNR and low-cost spay and neuter. Read the whole article on Alley Cat Rescue’s blog.
Alley Cat Rescue is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the welfare of all cats: domestic, stray, abandoned, and feral. ACR advocates for humane nonlethal control of feral cats. For more information, visit their website http://www.saveacat.org.
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6 thoughts on “TNR Instead of Culling for Australian Stray and Feral Cats”
Koalas don’t have anything to worry about down there.
I agree with Brian’s Dad.
So do I!
Sure, but the koalas spend ninety percent of their time pooping and sleeping
Unless they drop the killing of cats country wide I will still gladly tell everyone I know that Australia sucks.
Indeed–imagine living there and loving cats! I just hope they are honest about the results of the five-year TNR program and don’t go back and say they still need to kill cats. If it becomes a trend then I’ll applaud.