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Humane Society to try oral contraceptives on feral cats on Galveston Island — 6 Comments

  1. I am very well aware of Jim Stevenson…but I did not know that he resides in Galveston Island.😶

    Oral contraception in cats is debatable. There are just too many variables.😕😕

    • I even have a Google map showing the exact position of his house 🙂 Because it is out in the wilds there isn’t Google Street View. If there was I’d have shown his house from the road. There is a video of him on the site showing him as a guide to tourists bird watching.

  2. This will not happen in the US. There is too much fear that a human might consume the drugged food. I kid you not. There was also concern that non feral cats and dogs might consume this food. This was a hot topic on another forum that the best way to reduce feral cat populations was oral contraceptives packaged in specific cat foods. Coupled with TNR and the severe beating of lousy human guardians we could get the job done.

    • Please, which forum, so we may take a look? I have not yet been able to accept the use of chemicals to control much at all. Thank you, M.E.

      • It’s a private group and a few years ago. Personally I think it’s one of the best ideas when you use it with TNR and fines that make bad guardians who let their pets breed think better of it.
        There is the fear of birds and other wildlife eating the food of course and the specialized food should only be available to someone with a registered rescue or TNR. Assuming the impact on wildlife was minimal and the use of the food allowed only for x number of years with ongoing studies to ensure it’s not impacting bird or other wildlife it’s worth while consideration.
        The other benefit is as the supply or overly readily available pets dwindles rescues and shelters can tighten and reject people that they feel may not end up being committed animal guardians.
        This is not based on finances some of the worst most neglectful people are not financially unstable. There are personality traits that far outshine how much money you have. what kind of food or veterinary care you can provide.
        Let me repeat this is something that could be used to sharply curtail the birth of kittens that die miserably from starvation, disease, cruelty , dogs, and being processed though public shelters. TNR programs would continue to operate. I’m all for outright public shaming of people who don’t S/N. Hell we go after someone for much less these days. There should be a national standard of 1000 dollars per year to keep an intact dog or cat over the age of 5 months. Of all the solutions chemical sterilization of as many stray, roaming and feral cats as possible on a lets say a 5 year program would perhaps really reduce the numbers.
        No matter how you feel about the plight of ferals the best solution is to eliminate them in the most humane decent manner that respects their lives.

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