While the major animal ‘welfare’ groups in the state champion the ‘Who’s for Cats’ program – a catch and kill model which sees thousands of healthy, homeless cats impounded and killed – a local council in Victora has decided to investigate alternatives to the “systematic killing” of cats;
Moreland Council is considering a controversial and allegedly illegal “no-kill” approach to stray cats.
The council will investigate giving residents who have trapped stray cats the option of desexing and returning them to their environment, rather than handing them to a shelter to be rehoused or euthanised.
Council figures show 696 cats were trapped in Moreland in the 12 months to June 2011.
The Cat Protection Society, which takes the cats, would not comment on how many cats it euthanised in the past year.
Greens Cr Jo Connellan’s proposal to try the strategy for two years in Moreland followed pleas by a Coburg North resident for action to the stop the “systematic killing” of defenceless cats.
Cr Connellan said 35,000 of 50,000 cats trapped in Victoria each year were killed.
There is no doubt whatsoever that Cr Connellan will have been today facing a chorus of cat-haters, pseudo-environmentalists, and the ironically named ‘cat protection’ organisations in the state, all who believe a unowned cats life is worthless and that trapping and killing is an appropriate way to ‘manage’ them. To that end I ask you to contact her to voice your support of this potentially revolutionary move – firstname.lastname@example.org