by Elisa Black-Taylor
Should I die because I’m feral?
Another of Shadow
BooBoo was a friendly feral
Good morning readers. I normally have a lot of good things to say about P.E.T.A (I have used “PETA” in this article as they use that format). People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has more than 2 million members and supporters and they’re the largest animal rights organization in the world.
Today I’m upset with them. They’ve been making the news the past few months on the feral cat population issue. Today I want to defend the feral cat colonies PETA wants to trap and kill. Yes, dear readers, they want to kill feral cats.
Their defense on this issue involves the lack of quality of life the organization believes is the existence of the feral cat. They receive calls every day from people who have found cats shot, mutilated, attacked by wild animals, hit by cars, drowned, poisoned and beaten. PETA argues these cats would be better off trapped and euthanized than left to fend for themselves in the feral colonies.
Not only the injured cats, but all ferals.
The feral colony caregivers who trap neuter and return (TNR) and PETA do agree on one thing. The problem was caused by human neglect, either by cat owners abandoning their cats or allowing the cat to roam unaltered in the neighborhood. This is the number one reason EVERY cat should be spayed or neutered at a young age. No cat should be allowed to breed just for the sake of breeding. A female cat doesn’t have to have “just one litter” to make her life complete. This is human thinking, and it’s time we change this.
PETA doesn’t believe in feeding feral colonies except for the purpose of trapping. They believe feeding a feral cat makes it strong enough to mate and only increases the reproduction problem. I don’t know about the readers here, but I’m going to feed any cat I run across. The first thing I do when I see a cat outside is take it some food. Guess that’s just the way I was raised.
PETA believes all feral cats should be killed once they are trapped. Research has shown that won’t fix the problem. There are simply too many colonies. They’re on farms, in back alleys and at the end of rural roads. Once one colony has been removed, another will soon take it’s place in the neighborhood. This has been proven time and again. Feral colony caregivers are making progress with TNR. It’s going to be slow progress, but I applaud their time consuming efforts. I’ve cared for strays and ferals for 30 years now.
The feral caregivers of the world have the right idea with TNR. I believe ferals serve a purpose. They keep the rodent population in check. Even ship captain’s had the good sense to have a few cats onboard to control the rats.
My belief that ferals are serving this purpose really doesn’t matter in the long run. Because feral colonies are going to be a part of both city and country life for the foreseeable future. There’s simply no way to eradicate the problem. So society may as well accept ferals, TNR, caregivers and those of us who support them. At least there are people everywhere who are trying their best to improve the quality of life for these poor cats.
People created the problem and some of us are trying our best to take care of it humanely by caring for these cats. This includes food and basic shelter.
It’s just a shame many consider euthanasia is the best answer.
I hope everyone enjoys the photos of some of the ferals I’ve cared for. Shadow was a beautiful long haired Manx, but he didn’t like people. I tried once to bring him inside. He let me know right quick he preferred the great outdoors. They had a good quality of life. I saw they were fed and a neighbor provided an old barn for shelter. There ARE alternatives to death.
Are there any caregivers out there who would like to speak out in favor of their feral colonies? Does anyone agree with PETA. on this issue? I’m just curious where the readers here stand.
Selected articles by Elisa on feral cats:
Link broken so removed Oct 2012