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Please take a stand against feline feeding bans

October 16, 2010

From Alley Cat Allies

Please sign and send I am taking a stand against feline feeding bans!

In our ongoing monitoring of communities and cities across the country, Alley Cat Allies is tracking a disturbing and increasing trend of feeding ban proposals as a way to “eradicate” cats from their outdoor homes.

Feeding bans are cruel, ineffective, and foolish. It’s time to put a stop to this practice once and for all.

Let America’s decision makers know that you’re taking a stand against feeding bans by signing our petition HERE.

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More than 70% of all cats brought into our nation’s animal pounds and shelters are killed. Alley Cat Allies is changing the fate of our nation’s cats by leading the massive movement to stop the killing across the country. Join today to add your voice to this life-saving grassroots campaign!

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Cat Fatalities and Secrecy in U.S. Pounds and Shelters

Euthanasia” *  in animal control pounds and shelters is the number one documented cause of death of all cats in the U.S. The most comprehensive study to date indicates that 72% of all cats entering these facilities are killed. Just 23% are adopted, and only 2% are reunited with their owners.

These statistics are from the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy Shelter Statistics Survey, 1994-97. It surveyed roughly 5,000 shelters annually for four years, receiving responses from about 1,000. Although dated, it remains the most comprehensive and rigorous study that exists. More recent, less complete studies reflect the same trends—for instance, the 2006 National Animal Control Association Statistical Survey showed that 66% of cats were killed.

Feral Cats

For feral cats, the kill rate in pounds and shelters rises to virtually 100%.

Cats entering traditional animal pounds and shelters have only three possible outcomes: being adopted, reunited with an owner, or killed. Yet feral cats are unsocialized to humans and can’t adjust to life in a human home, and they have no traditional “owners” to claim them. For them, the only possible outcome is death.

Although the exact number of feral cats in this country is not known, some scientists estimate it is same as the house cat population, that is, 82 million. These animals are one of the most significant populations facing animal control pounds and shelters today.

Yet feral cats are also the animals whom facilities are usually least equipped to handle. Indeed, many pounds and shelters classify healthy feral cats as “unhealthy” or “untreatable,” which excludes them from “healthy animal” kill rates. These cats continue to be funneled into a system in which all of them are killed.

Secrecy

Animal nonprofits, research veterinarians, and other experts agree: killing in pounds and shelters is the leading cause of death of all cats in the United States. All are in agreement that too many cats are killed. Yet data collection and analysis on this critical issue are sparse.

Only a handful of states require pounds and shelters to report the fates of the animals they take into custody. The reasons for requiring reporting vary, as do the thoroughness and accuracy of the reports.

Even states that require reporting typically don’t make those reports accessible to the public; citizens must file Freedom of Information Act requests to view them. And very few pounds and shelters publicly reveal the number of animals they kill. Instead, these facilities’ websites and annual reports focus on adoption efforts. If they mention killing at all, they call it “euthanasia.”

Millions of cats are killed every year, but no one knows exactly how many. And the killing is done behind closed doors, away from the public eye.

*The Difference between Euthanasia and Killing

Millions of cats die in U.S. animal control pounds and shelters every year. The pounds and shelters say these animals are “euthanized.” But they’re not—they are killed. An animal is only euthanized when she is terminally ill or untreatably injured.

Euthanasia n. The act or practice of ending the life of an individual suffering from a terminal illness or an incurable condition, as by lethal injection or the suspension of extraordinary medical treatment. The American Heritage Dictionary

Genuine euthanasia is a medical decision and is always done in an individual animal’s best interest. It can be an important part of end-of-life care. But most animals who die in pounds and shelters are killed for very different reasons. Facilities kill animals to make room for new ones, to manage disease, or to compensate for inadequate staff or funding. Decisions to kill reflect the operating interests of facilities, not the best interests of animals.

Using the word “euthanasia” masks what really happens to cats in pounds and shelters—they are killed.

Please take action on related alert if you have not already, thank you:

Forcing Starvation On Feral Cats: City Council Needs Attendance/Emails


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what is this
the latest degradation
are we now to become
animal starvation
nation?
this source of shame
to be added to our name:(

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

6 Comments leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    October 16, 2010 11:03 am

    what is this
    the latest degradation
    are we now to become
    animal starvation
    nation?
    this source of shame
    to be added to our name:(

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  2. October 16, 2010 4:50 pm

    WHEN HUMANS MOVE IN AND THEY ERADICATE ALL LIFE THAT IS PRECIOUS, WHERE ARE THESE POOR CREATURES TO GO??? LEAVE THEM ALONE!!! SIGNING TY!

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  3. sue slater permalink
    October 17, 2010 11:26 am

    taites every animal matters .com in connecticut, has humanely saved 135,000 cats & kittens, check out how they do it!

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  4. Ricky Setticase permalink
    October 17, 2010 7:02 pm

    Feed 2 every day on our porch!!!

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  5. Janet Denti permalink
    October 18, 2010 3:07 pm

    Please let us continue to help and feed our fury friends.

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  6. BUCKIN HARD permalink
    October 20, 2010 10:44 am

    This september 2010, I called PETA to help stop the cat starving program SANTA ANITA RACETRACK IN ARCADIA,CA has in place every summer the track closes. We feed the cats along with spay neuter vaccs worm and deflea plus vet care at our own expense. The track forced us to find homes for all the cats or they would be sent to the PASADENA HUMANE SOCIETY. These cats are all friendly. Each year people dump more cats, including race trainers and stable personnel. One year stable security shot the cats, most years, including this summer, they refuse to let us in to feed the kitties. The track sets out poison for the rodents and they know the starving cats with eat the poisoned rodents and will die. PETA was zero help in addition they “begged us to euthanize the cats”. I wish we could get some help for our racetrack kitties !

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