Australian Capital Territory (ACT) acts humanely towards feral cats while the other jurisdictions do not

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As an introduction I would like to say this: the volunteers who manage feral cat colonies under TNR programs are very decent, kind people. They do their work without charge, freely and with a love of the cats. One TNR volunteers sums it up, “The amount of suffering is the reason that we do …

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Australians are ‘nativists’ who want to destroy feral cats and restrict cat ownership

Nativism and speciesism is behind the mass killing of Australia's feral cats

I had never heard of the word ‘nativist’ until Nathan Winograd used it. It is good one when used to describe the Aussie attitude to feral and stray cats. Nativists believe in nativism which means, “the political policy of promoting or protecting the interests of ‘native-born’ or established inhabitants over those of immigrants, including …

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New Zealand’s junior school kids love to shoot cats for prize money

New Zealand kids shooting feral cats for prize money

NEWS AND COMMENT (Opinion): Will you be as disgusted as I am having read this article? I hope so as it is a failure in child care and inherently cruel. It is about asking kids to engage in potentially criminal activity. It is that bad. The North Canterbury Hunting Competition of New Zealand has …

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11-year-old Ukrainian girl takes on responsibility of feeding abandoned cats in devastated Ukraine

11-year-old girl feeds abandoned cats in devastated Ukraine

NEWS AND OPINION: The remarkable aspect of this cat rescue story is that the central character is an 11-year-old Ukrainian girl feeding abandon cats in a devastated urban landscape, destroyed by Putin’s artillery and rockets. When she talks to the camera, she points up to the 9th floor of a shattered apartment block and …

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15 ‘facts’ about the feral cat populations of various cities

Feral cat in Los Angeles

It’s quite interesting and instructive to take a look at the stray and feral cat populations of various cities of the world. It helps us understand the relationship that citizens of these cities have with domestic, stray and feral cats. In some countries and therefore in some cities feral cats are sometimes referred to …

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Becky Robinson uses her influence to fight against government sanctioned killing of cats

Cats at the port of Newcastle Australia

Becky Robinson, the founder and President of Alley Cat Allies is throwing her weight behind the fight against what I would describe as state-sponsored killing of unwanted cats. She’s pushing the idea that governments should move away from their objective to kill feral and stray cats to funding widespread TNR programs. Among many people, …

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Feral cats found dead or dying stuck to glue traps in Compton

Feral cats of Compton, California

COMPTON, CALIFORNIA-NEWS AND COMMENT: The usual feud has been sparked off by the presence of feral cats in Compton. Feral cats have the ubiquitous ability to divide society. On the one hand you have animal rights advocates who are sensitive to the welfare of feral cats even if they agree that they are a …

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Immunocontraceptives as a potential feral cat population management tool

Virally-vectored immunocontraceptives as a potential population management tool

I have just seen a tweet from Ellen Cottingham of the University of Melbourne, Australia. The tweet is below. It seemed to be saying to me that in Australia’s drive to eradicate feral cats from their continent they have tried everything and are now looking at feline immunocontraceptives as a potential population management tool. …

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