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  • CAROL MENSINGER: There are better ways to control feral cats

  • We as a nation have allowed cats to continue to reproduce only to put them to death later. This is neither kind, merciful or for the purpose of ending suffering.

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  • “Humane euthanasia” is considered a kind, merciful, painless death to end suffering.
    According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, approximately 3 million to 4 million companion animals entering shelters are humanely euthanized in this nation each year. It is estimated that 70 percent of these are cats. The ASPCA also tells us there is no way to specifically calculate these numbers because there is no governmental agency or animal organization responsible to regulate shelters or record the number of annual euthanasias. Even though these numbers are shockingly high, they are most likely higher.
    Cats are euthanized in shelters daily due to illness, lack of adoptability and simply no space to house them. Feral cats taken into shelters are almost always euthanized. There are simply not enough cages to house them and limited resources to care for them. We as a nation have allowed cats to continue to reproduce only to put them to death later. This is neither kind, merciful or for the purpose of ending suffering.
    I am wondering how many more cats Mr. Lisenbee would like to “remove from the environment.” (“Feral cats killing far more wildlife,” Daily Messenger, Feb. 24). Does he plan on humanely euthanizing them, which may only be done by a veterinarian, or does he recommend destroying them all with hunting rifles, which is also illegal in New York state (Article 26, Agriculture and Markets Law, Cruelty to Animals, Section 374-2). Mr. Lisenbee should know that you point one finger, three point back at you.
    Perhaps instead of a mass slaughter of all these free-roaming feral cats, a hard look should be taken at the profound human impact on the songbird population. Fossil records suggests that never before have so many species gone extinct in such a short period of time, according to a report release in 2010 by the Royal Society. The human species’ fast-growing population and land development has destroyed the habitat of many species, in addition to profoundly changing the atmosphere, composition and climate of the planet altogether.
    Cats have been living in the environment for 10,000-plus years. Removing free-roaming cats from the environment is just unrealistic. Who would remove them? Where would they go and for how long? What happens when rats and mice overwhelm metropolitan areas? Will “we” be forced to use poison to control the rodent population which in turn will kill off another species?
    A successful spay/neuter program, education and the support of local and state law enforcement are the only actions that will lower the free-roaming feral cat numbers to make these cat colonies manageable and healthy. Demand arrests be made for those pet owners who move and leave cats behind. Demand arrests also for persons caught dropping cats along roadways and near remote farm areas. This information can be found in the Agricultural and Market Law, Cruelty to Animals, Section 26. Research the information out there.
    Page 2 of 2 - Find out what tax-funded shelters and humane societies actually have to do for cats. Hold those that use our tax dollars responsible to uphold their contracts and enforce the law. Find a group in your local area that practices spay/neuter and return and offer to volunteer or make a donation. Only those readers who are sincere about controlling the cat population and/or helping cats through trap, neuter/spay, vaccinate and return are welcome to visit www.thecolonycaregivers.org for more information.
    Carol Mensinger, vice president of Colony Caregivers, lives in Honeoye.

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