OAKLAND, California, February 26, 2021 / PRNewswire / – President and Founder of Alley Cat Allies Becky Robinson today condemned a vote by a committee of the East Bay Regional Park District in California that recommends a policy of killing cats in parks.
“It is incomprehensible to believe that any policy that enables the fatal removal of cats, a cruel and ineffective practice that must be eliminated, could be passed in the Bay Area,” said Robinson. “The East Bay Regional Park District should use independent research to develop sound guidelines that build on best practices for reducing community cat populations, such as Trap-Neuter-Return. As we move forward, as we do today, we don’t need to make informed decisions about killing innocent animals. ”
Trap-Neuter-Return, also known as TNR, is a humane and effective approach that improves community life for cats, protects public health, addresses community concerns, stabilizes outdoor cat populations, and supports the coexistence of cats and communities . Through TNR, community cats are humanly captured, neutered or neutered, vaccinated, earplugged for identification, and returned to their outdoor home.
“The board members of the East Bay Regional Park District must hear the votes of their constituents and reject this proposal, which condones cruelty to animals,” added Robinson. “Enough is enough. The public was outraged to learn about the willful killing of these cats and has spoken out in overwhelming opposition to the deadly policies in their parks.”
Americans are compassionate and oppose mass murders. In a 2017 Harris Interactive survey, 84 percent of Americans said they would prefer their community to use taxpayer dollars to introduce sterilization as a cat control policy rather than taking cats found outdoors to shelters to kill.
The district’s Natural and Cultural Resources Committee voted on it February 25th Forward the Free-Roaming Cat Management Policy to the entire East Bay Regional Park District Board for approval at a future meeting.
“We look forward to engaging with board members to discuss the dangers of this policy and effective action to protect wildlife other than guns and bullets,” added Robinson. “It is clear that there were legal violations in the development of this policy and we will pursue all of our options to protect cats and the community in the East Bay Regional Park District.”
Alley Cat Allies will continue to seek justice for the cats shot and policy changes to prevent such killings from ever happening again. Updates are available online at www.alleycat.org/EastBayParkCats.
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Alley Cat Allies is the leader of a global movement to protect cats and kittens. In our 31st anniversary year, more than 650,000 supporters will be added worldwide.
Alley Cat Allies believes that every cat deserves to live its life to the fullest. We uncovered an entrenched system where animal control agencies and shelters have been killing millions of cats for over a century. Today are the programs that we introduced into The United States are mainstream.
To achieve our goals, we partner with grassroots lawyers, animal shelters, community administrators, and lawmakers to replace deadly laws and guidelines with ones that protect cats. We defend all cats by providing state-of-the-art training online, in person, and face-to-face. We advance lifesaving innovations like Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and Shelter-Neuter-Return (SNR), high quality, high volume spay and neuter, microchip, anti-declawing laws and any program that best suits interests serves by cats.
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