City of Albuquerque Being Sued for Trap-Neuter-Release Program

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From the American Bird Conservancy : The mayor of Albuquerque and the director of the city’s animal welfare department have been named in a lawsuit alleging that the officials have committed animal cruelty by allowing certain illegal and improper animal management practices to occur related to abandonment of stray cats. Britton’s lawsuit claims that the abandonment constitutes cruelty to animals as defined specifically by Albuquerque ordinances and state law.

A Dietary Alternative for Feral Cats?

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And the TNR/exterminate debate rages on. An abandoned kitten nicknamed Frankie had staked out a McDonald’s restaurant as its feeding grounds, and for more than a year, subsisted mainly on handouts from employees and customers. No Kea were harmed in the making of this story. Image by Duncan). Much has been made in these pages about the havoc that feral cats wreak on native birds.

Why Did The National Audubon Society End Their Contract With Ted Williams?

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” In the piece he made the arguments that one normally makes when arguing against trap-neuter-return (TNR): it encourages more abandonment, it’s ineffective at reducing feral cat populations, the colonies are reservoirs for diseases that can infect people and other species, the cats often suffer from grievous injuries, and the cats kill native wildlife. He also quoted a biologist pointing out how extreme the TNR people are and gave a few examples.

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Feral Cats in American Cities

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… The ordinance would allow Minneapolis residents to establish cat “colonies” where abandoned and wild cats can be fed but also vaccinated, neutered and identified in an effort to humanely cut their population and control disease. There is a document on the web site of the state department of health pertaining to feral cats: The Department of Health does not endorse or oppose the concept of establishing properly managed cat colonies utilizing trap-neuter-return (TNR) techniques.