Are feral cats destroying our native species population?
Don't be led to believe native species can be helped by killing cats!
International groups spend big money to turn the public against Trap
Neuter Release Management (TNRM) of cats. There are people in powerful
positions of departments that will gain our tax money if a law is passed
allowing them to kill cats. There are a number
of disturbing and misleading statements and pictures. For example,
calling toxoplasmosis a “deadly disease” when in fact it is “rarely
harmful”.(1)(2)(3) Nearly 60 million Americans, almost one in four
people didn't even know they had it and are now immune!
It is similar for all warm blooded animals, including native species.
Any adult death from toxoplasmosis suggests another serious primary
cause.(3) NOAA refuses to share laboratory reports with the community
Why are they not transparent? This
tunnel vision is not helping native species. Reports lead folks to
believe that there is a sole cause but veterinary literature says that
is highly unlikely! Groups call them self "conservation"and talk about
killing colony cats when they should talk about
preventing sewage spills and the amount of massive development run off.
See the corruption and vote no, a conservation committee will remove
At native bird habitats, feral cats are trapped, traumatized and killed
(TTK) or they are removed and placed in a TNRM colony located far away
from native birds. Colony cats have a feeding station, the un-neutered
cats are spotted, trapped, fixed and released.
Fixed cats have a notch in their ear. "Cats generally develop immunity
to T gondii after the initial infection and therefore SHED
(toxoplasmosis) oocysts ONLY ONCE in their LIFETIME."(3) A hundred fixed
and fed cats may not shed toxoplasmosis. In an older
fixed colony, the cats no longer shed the disease and prevent other
cats from moving in. THE TNRM CATS THEN ACTUALLY PROTECT THE AREA.
In Australia the government decided to eradicate cats. Pet cats are
often trapped and killed. They add inhumane poison to the program.
Australians report animals suffering slow horrible deaths.(4)
There have been many incidences on Oahu where shopping center or
apartment complex managers have decided to stop a TNRM program and
exterminate cats. Residents report a worse situation with sickly
kittens and unfixed adults. Areas where management works
with cat caretakers, there is a win win situation. Feeding stations are
located out of site and there is no need to use rat poison.
In public areas, Trap Neuter Release Management of cats is working.
Disney Land has beautiful program. In Hawaii, (see testimonials on
youtube) citizens such as bus drivers, doctors, firefighters, Police
Officers etc. not only help feed but report populations
of fixed cats decreasing. Many well managed areas are a huge success
and enjoy a zero growth rate. Areas that suffer from "dumping" of
animals are still dramatically improved when TMRM is in place. Folks
who help with TNRM spend their own money and time.
The reward is being a part of humane population control. When there are
no more kittens and fixed cats are healthy, there is great
satisfaction. Can you imagine the heart ache if tax money pays for Trap
Traumatize and Kill (TTK) cats where they have spent
years establishing a fixed colony?
(1) CDC"Parasites - Toxoplasmosis (Toxoplasma infection) Epidemiology & Risk Factors". March 26, 2015.
(2) Merck Medical Manual, latest on line edition
(3) Merck Veterinary Manual,latest on line edition - the most widely referred to veterinary manual
(4) No distinction is made between pet cats and ferals. ...in the face
of growing anti-cat feeling and dubious survey results. ..... suffer