Editorial: City’s got cats on the mind

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On the surface, it sounds like a good thing for the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria to launch a program to trim the city’s feral cat population. In recent years, officials and residents have watched wild felines grow in numbers, particularly in Arlandria and the West End.

After all, the program is a public-private partnership between AWLA and Alley Cat Allies and receives funding from PetSmart Charities. It involves trapping wild cats and either neutering or spaying them, then releasing them back into the wild. This method apparently reduces the feral population in a few years. The program’s private funding is well received — the average cost of spaying or neutering runs between $50 and $100 per animal.

So, what’s the problem?

It’s partly this program and partly Alexandria’s obnoxious four-cat, six-pet rule. With everything else going on — major development projects, struggling schools and crowded roadways — City Hall keeps busy regulating animals, in our homes and in the wild.

Though PetSmart Charities pays for spaying and neutering, it’s reasonable to assume that more than a few tax dollars will end up spent on incidental expenses: labor and gas, to think of just a couple. After all, AWLA depends on municipal dollars as well as generous charities and good-willed donors.

Is Alexandria’s feral cat population so out of control that government intervention is required? If so, why not just euthanize the cats rather than go through the extensive and expensive proposition of trapping these feral animals, transporting them, operating on them, nursing them, transporting them again and then releasing them back into the wild? It’s not as if they pose anything more than a source of annoyance. Many of our poorest human residents probably wish for such care.

And then there’s that pesky four-cat, six-pet rule, which is an affront to the intelligence and competence of Alexandrians — as if residents need City Hall to teach them best practices for raising pets. If someone has a large house and wants six cats, or a large cage and wants eight hamsters, what business is it of our local government? That’s one ordinance that needs to come off the books.

Unfortunately, often harmless-sounding ideas, such as regulating the city’s cat population, often result in governmental overreach. In the case of the four-cat rule, it also results in a loss of liberty for city residents. We disparage the pet restrictions on these pages partly because they’re silly. The notion of city cat inspectors raiding an unsuspecting home with a search warrant for illicit felines is absurd.

But a larger issue is at stake: government at all levels attemps to regulate too many areas of our lives. Leave the city’s cat population — feral and pets — alone.




    FACT: Trap & Kill failed because cats cannot be trapped faster than they exponentially breed out of control.

    FACT: Trap & Sterilize (TNR) is an even bigger abject failure because these man-made ecological disasters cannot be trapped faster than they exponentially breed out of control, and they also continue the cruelly annihilate all native wildlife (from the smallest of prey up to the top predators that are starved to death), and the cats continue to spread many deadly diseases that they carry today — FOR WHICH THERE ARE NO VACCINES AGAINST THEM. Many of which are even listed as bioterrorism agents. (Such as Tularemia and The Plague — Yes, people have already died from cat-transmitted plague in the USA. No fleas nor rats even required. The cats themselves carry and transmit the plague all on their own.)

    FACT: THERE IS ABSOLUTELY _NOTHING_ HUMANE ABOUT TNR. Nearly every last TNR’ed cat dies an inhumane death by road-kill, from cat and animal attacks, environmental poisons, starvation, dehydration, freezing to death, infections, parasites, etc. And if very very lucky humanely shot to death or re-trapped and drowned (the two most common methods employed on all farms and ranches to protect their gestating livestock’s offspring and valuable native wildlife dying from cats’ Toxoplasmosis parasites). This doesn’t begin to count the thousands of defenseless native animals that cats skin alive and disembowel alive for their daily and hourly play-toys. The only difference in destroying cats immediately and humanely instead of trapping, sterilizing, then releasing them to an inhumane death; is that money isn’t going into an HSUS or SPCA board-member’s pocket, veterinarian’s pocket, cat-food company CEO’s pocket, or a drug-company CEO’s pocket. And that’s the ONLY difference!

    FACT: Cats are a man-made (through selective breeding) invasive species. And as such, are no less of a man-made environmental disaster than any other caused by man. Cats are even worse than an oil-spill of continent-sized proportions. They not only kill off rare and endangered marine-mammals along all coastlines from run-off carrying cats’ Toxoplasma gondii parasites, they destroy the complete food-chain in every ecosystem where cats are found. From smallest of prey gutted and skinned alive for cats’ tortured play-toys, up to the top predators that are starved to death from cats destroying their ONLY food sources. (Precisely what cats caused on my own land not long ago.)

    FACT: Hunted To Extinction (or in this case, extirpation of all outdoor cats) is the ONLY method that is faster than a species like cats can exponentially out-breed and out-adapt to. Especially a man-made invasive species like these cats that can breed 2-4X’s faster than any naturally occurring cat-species.

    FACT: In _TWELVE_YEARS_ Alley Cat ALL-LIES of NYC have only reduced feral cats in their own city by 0.08% to 0.024% (as the months go on that percentage becomes more insignificant), allowing more than 99.92% to 99.976% to exponentially breed out of control. Here’s how Alley-Cat-ALL-LIES’ deceptive math works: If you TNR 4 cats and 3 get flattened by cars this translates to 75% fewer feral-cats everywhere. Alley Cat ALL-LIES can’t even reduce cats in their own city, yet they promote it as a worldwide solution. Then even bigger fools fall for it and promote it.

    FACT: When researching over 100 of the most “successful” TNR programs worldwide, JUST ONE trapped more than 0.4%. Oregon’s 50,000 TNR’ed cats (the highest rate I found) is 4.9% of all ferals in their state. Yet, by applying population growth calculus on the unsterilized 95.1% they will have trapped only 0.35% of all cats in their state sometime this year. Less than 0.4% is a far cry from the required 80%-90% to be the least bit effective.

    FACT: Their mythical “vacuum effect” is a 100% LIE. A study done by the Texas A&M University proved that any perceived “vacuum” is just the simple case that CATS ATTRACT CATS. Get rid of them all and there’s no cats there to attract more. I proved this myself by shooting and burying hundreds of them on my own land. ZERO cats replaced them FOR OVER 2 YEARS NOW. If you want more cats, keep even one of them around, more will find you. That university study also found that sterilized cats very poorly defend any territory. Non-sterilized cats, being more aggressive, take over the sterilized cats’ resources (shelter & food if any). If there is any kind of “vacuum effect” at all, it is that sterilizing cats cause non-sterilized cats to restore the reproductive void.

    FACT: During all this investigation I have discovered something that is unfaltering without fail. Something that you can bet your very life on and win every last time. That being — IF A TNR CAT-HOARDER IS TALKING THEN THEY ARE LYING. 100% guaranteed!