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Tell FWS Not to Kill Cats in the Florida Keys

January 27, 2011


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Please click on and sign Tell FWS Not to Kill Cats in the Florida Keys

From Alley Cat Allies

Now is your chance to comment on a plan under consideration by the US Fish & Wildlife Service that would send cats in the Florida Keys to their deaths. Voice your disapproval!

Intended to protect local threatened and endangered wildlife species, the draft management plan (below) misguidedly targets feral cats instead of addressing the real threat to these species—humans. The plan does not address the impact of human activities like urbanization and land development, but instead puts the blame squarely on feral cats, sending them to a local shelter, where they will be killed according to shelter policy. This dangerous plan also dismisses Trap-Neuter-Return, the humane and effective approach that stabilizes feral cat colonies and would offer a win-win solution for the entire Keys community—a community of which the cats have always been a part.

Send your comments HERE to tell the Fish & Wildlife Service that killing is not a solution—and that you demand one that values and protects the lives of all animals in the Florida Keys.

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I urge you to reconsider the plan to trap, remove, and kill cats in the Florida Keys. The Draft Environmental Assessment for the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex would currently send trapped cats to shelters, where they will be killed in accordance with shelter policies.

Instead of trapping and killing the cats, FWS should adopt Trap-Neuter-Return for feral cats. This humane and effective technique, supported by the local community, was improperly rejected from consideration. Worse, the Draft Environmental Assessment misinterpreted and disregarded scientific research supporting Trap-Neuter-Return.

Sending cats to senseless deaths to “protect” other animals does nothing to address the true threat to these species–humans. And so the plan doesn’t have a real chance at successfully protecting endangered species. The problems caused by people kill millions of animals per year: habitat loss, urbanization, pollution, and environmental degradation.

Killing cats is not a solution. It is a cruel and costly mistake that has failed in The Keys before. I ask that you change this plan to reflect accurate research and to value and protect the lives of all animals of the Florida Keys by adopting Trap-Neuter-Return.

Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex Integrated Predator Management Plan, Draft

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Coleen Darni permalink
    January 27, 2011 2:34 pm

    The cats have always been a delightful part of a trip to the Keys. We have offered to trap/spay.neuter/release, but you would just prefer to destroy them. The answer is in population control, and there are many ways to get this under control.
    Stop being so barbaric and heartless. We are WATCHING!!!


  2. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    January 27, 2011 6:46 pm

    human race
    killing is just that
    no way to treat
    an innocent cat
    try neutering
    and spaying
    without delaying


  3. July 25, 2011 8:48 am

    Unfortunately cats whether neutered and spayed or not will kill native wildlife and birds daily, decimating our native birds. Cats are invasive and here only because of cat owners who discarded their pets. Unwanted cats should not be subject to the harsh life in the wild they are not used to. Treat them humanely by removing them from the wild.


  4. Malay permalink
    August 30, 2011 12:56 am

    How inhuman and barbaric. How about culling or spaying the people who dump the cats? Please think about our hypocritical society before you label this comment uncivilised. Please be sensible.


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