Beverly Hills Feral Cat TNR Regulations – This is an informal bare bones summary, in my words and in plain language, of the newly enacted regulations (a link to the full text is directly below). They will become effective on October 16, 2009 (NATIONAL FERAL CAT DAY). Please check all the regulations yourself too!
You can see here the entire regulations on PDF file if you want and have the time! (note: when you arrive at this page click on this text: Item E-3 Link)
Right away I would like to say that Christi Metropole the founder of Stray Cat Alliance which is the organization that has been influential in working with City of Beverly Hills to implement the TNR program and will be helping to see that it runs smoothly and educating BH residents etc. has been the best. She has, I am told, been a very helpful member of the team in the creation of what is (I believe) ground breaking law that I hope gets duplicated many times (perhaps with some simplifications and refinements) across the United States of America. Here is an interview with Christi:
A permit is required to conduct TNR programs in Beverly Hills. It can be applied for (attachment A of regulations – a form can be find on the above link). There is no fee. Licensed people (partners or “affiliated feral cat caregivers”) are given a permit card to wear when carrying out TNR. Licensed people must be insured.
Feeding and trapping feral cats in “alleys or public property is prohibited unless conducted under a “TNR Partner permit”. When feeding on public property an approved feeding device must be used. Humane methods must be used. Full records must be kept for each colony of cats and be available for inspection. The records should include details of:
The cats’ health must be checked by a vet. There are procedures for dealing with cats that are ill with FIV and FeLV.
Feeding on private property must be carried out inside a 6 foot high barrier. Or a special feeding device can be used that prevents wild animals accessing the food (that would seem difficult to achieve). Food can only be put down at certain times of the day:
Permission must be obtained from the private property owner in writing, in which the location of the TNR activities is referred to.
Traps must be placed at a “permitted location” (not sure what that means – probably included in the permit). Traps (& feeders) must be identified with an approved sticker.
“Traps may be placed at the permitted location between the time of sunset and 2:30 am of the next day, at which time said trap shall be removed from the location.”
I am not completely sure what that means – sorry. The licensed person (TNR individual) must remove droppings etc. daily and keep the area clean. Traps must be attended and in sight at all times.
[there are Beverly Hills Feral Cat TNR Regulations governing the actual process of TNR but I have not discussed these as I feel that the people doing it will have the skills and knowledge needed]
OK, these are the bare bones of the Beverly Hills Feral Cat TNR Regulations covering the main points.
Below is the counter argument to TNR. I disagree with them but in the interests of a balanced article and fair play I show their video here:
On the face of it, the arguments presented in the above video seem plausible but there are a lot of statements that I think need better scientific and documented support. It is too easy to make statements without supporting evidence. People like to make heavy claims that feral cats (and domestic cats generally in fact) cause toxoplasmosis but it is exceptionally rare. Other causes are far more common. This is just one example. There is an emphasis on certain subjects in the video that are self serving (i.e. are designed to serve objectives not concerned with animal welfare).
Also TNR may not “solve” the feral cat problem but it certainly stabilises it. And the example in the video that TNR has increased the colony is very poor as the cause is not the TNR program but irresponsible people dumping their cats in amongst the colony. The problem once again is people.
TNR carried out absolutely properly in parallel with a more educated public on cat ownership will work. Carried out in isolation it can’t completely solve the problem of feral cats because supply is continual from abandoned cats. Supply has to dry up too.
Beverly Hills Feral Cat TNR Regulations – photo: published under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs creative commons License — this site is for charitable purposes in funding cat rescue.
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