This is a David and Goliath type tussle and it does bring home to us the stark difference in mentality between independent minded women who wish to care for feral cats out of the kindness of their hearts with absolutely no gain in it for them other than the pleasure of helping and saving a vulnerable animal trying to survive in a metropolis and big business who have only one concern: how to make a profit and how to satisfy their shareholders.
With those starkly different objectives there’s bound to be a clash and it is taking place at Boerne, Texas. A colony of feral cats lives just outside the local Walmart. Quite expectedly Walmart wants the cats removed and they are using their clout when asking the city administrators to relocate them.
The two women (one of whom is Claudia Boettcher) who have been caring for the cats in a wooded area not far from the parking lot for about three years object to this because they say that the cats are spayed, neutered and vaccinated and therefore well cared for. They say that the cats were born on the hill where they live now and that they have always been fed and to relocate them at this stage would be “just cruel”.
The city administrators have predictably supported Walmart in saying that the cats must be relocated by December 15th or Animal Care Services will step in and do it for them.
As a consequence, the feral cat caretakers are now planning a rally during the forthcoming weekend to protest. The rally will be held on Saturday and Sunday from midday to 4pm across the street from the Walmart store.
A spokesperson on behalf of the city of Boerne has told the press that they are hopeful that they have found a compromise, meaning that they have found a safe location to relocate the cats to which should satisfy the feral cat caretakers. They are going to make an announcement shortly and in fact one may have already been made but I don’t know the outcome at this stage.
I wonder if Walmart have any evidence that the feral cat colony is affecting their business. Or is that the managers simply don’t like feral cats and have misconceptions about them.
As I said, this is a classic contest between two groups of people who have completely opposing objectives one of which is kind to animals and the other that regard animals as a hindrance to making a profit unless they can use animals to turn a profit. Ultimately, big business has a starkly detrimental effect upon the wild animals living on this planet.
You can guess who I am for.