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Residents have complained about the cats on the school grounds.
The Balearic Government’s Environmental Health Service has supported attempts by the Bunyola City Hall to control stray cats. The local authority acted after residents complained that cat colonies were taking over public areas, particularly the play areas of the Mestre Colom Primary School.
The town hall-approved colony near the school has “excessive numbers of animals,” according to a report by the Environmental Health Service. Reference is made to the Health risks to students and residents who are placed by animals in play areas as well as on private property. This is due to “the possibility of certain diseases being transmitted and the unhealthy conditions and discomforts that result”.
This particular colony, the report said, “does not appear to be subject to veterinary or sanitary controls, and sterilization of all animals is not guaranteed”. The environmental health service therefore calls on the town hall to take the appropriate corrective measures and “limit and control the total number of animals in the colony and remove excess animals”. The town hall is also pushing for it Relocate the colony outside of school to regularly clean and disinfect them and to make sure there is veterinary inspection.
These are measures that the City Hall began to implement before it received the confirmation of the report on the Environmental Health Service, and which have caused an outcry among them Animal rights groups in Bunyola, accusing Mayor Andreu Bujosa and Deputy Mayor Sandra Llop of instructing Natura Parc (in Santa Eugenia) to hunt and lay cats after ordering their sterilization. “It is wasteful and nonsensical for a town hall to spend taxpayers’ money on the sterilization of cats and then spend more on hiring Natura Parc to slaughter the same cats,” explains the Moixos Association, Moixons i Moixonies.