PETA Agrees Trap Neuter Release is Bad for Cats

PETA Agrees Trap Neuter Release is Bad for Cats
Rarely do we find ourselves agreeing with PETA of all people and we still have vast disagreements, but on rare occasions the mysteries of the cosmos align and common sense prevails.

TNR Feral Cats Rarely Die of Old Age: Another TNR Cat Road Kill
TNR Feral Cats Rarely Die of Old Age: Another TNR Cat Road Kill
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Norfolk, VA --(Ammoland.com)- We have long stated that Trap Neuter and Release (TNR) is cruel for animals and the plague of feral cats on the environment is devastating to the natural wildlife, especially game birds, small mammals and reptiles.

In a past feature article titled “TNR for Feral Cats is Horribly Cruel” we looked at primary problems of TNR.

  • Feral Cats Are an Invasive Species:
  • Feral Cats Spread Rabies:
  • Feral Cats in the Wild is Animal Cruelty:

Now PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, agrees and has posted a fact sheet on their website in support of removing feral cats fro the environment: “Feral Cats: Trapping Is the Kindest Solution

Some important information from the PETA fact sheet:

“An estimated 70 million feral cats… Although ferals are fearful of humans, they are still members of a domesticated species, and they are ill-equipped to survive on their own. Feral cats do not die of “old age.””

“feral cats can pose a threat to wildlife. In 2002, a colony of rare native Hawaiian sea birds was all but destroyed by feral cats: Over the span of two weeks, nearly 100 birds were killed. The American Bird Conservancy estimates that free-roaming cats kill millions of birds every year and that “for every bird they kill, they kill at least three other animals.”

“Because of the huge number of feral cats and the severe shortage of good homes, the difficulty of socialization, and the dangers lurking where most feral cats live, it may be necessary—and the most compassionate choice—to euthanize feral cats.”

“Please do not allow the prospect of euthanasia to deter you from trapping feral cats. If you leave them where they are, they will almost certainly die a painful death. A painless injection is far kinder than any fate that feral cats will meet if they are left to survive on their own.”

It is rare that we find ourselves in agreement with PETA, but on the subject of feral cats PETA is 100% correct.

Please do everything you can to prevent towns from buying into the failed idea of TNR. It is expensive, horribly cruel for the cats and leads to widespread destruction of the local wildlife, especial game bird populations.

TNR IS bad for Cats and even worse for the environment.

  • 23 thoughts on “PETA Agrees Trap Neuter Release is Bad for Cats

    1. Homeless cats always lose. But they aren’t going away. Most people don’t like the thought of killing cats so they just don’t collect them and take them to the pound (they are not adoptable), or just don’t want to bother with them. Frankly I would rather have sterile wandering cats than breeding wandering cats. Because either way they are not going away and cats breed a lot faster than animal control can kill them.

      You CANNOT propose legalizing shooting cats because the Counties AND State WILL get sued once someone’s pet is shot. I know if someone shot my cat (if it accidentally escapes) I will not hesitate to file litigation and bring multiple law suits against all parties involved.

      The solution is free spay/neutering services. I guarantee if you have free spay/neutering services people will bring in cats by the truckload. It costs animal control about $100 from impounding to killing a cat.

      I’ve tried for two years in a row to get low cost_free spay/neuter bills passed in Florida – there is an estimated 5 million stray and feral cats in Florida and they are breeding. This would have saved millions of cats, but the bills failed two years in a row. It would have been funded with animal cruelty animal ordinance surcharges so it would not have cost tax payers anything. Sad.

    2. This comment goes to the alleged brainaics or semi-intelligent people at Ammoland:

      Do you need a dictionary to learn how to spell properly in your articles? This might give you a little more credibility. Please provide an address and I’d be glad to donate one. Learning how to use it to spread your line of crap is something however I cannot help with.

      I’ll give you just one hint – plague not plauge.

      LOL.

    3. Luke Thomas is absolutely right. Whether you like it or not there are more cats in the wild than workers to trap and kill. In the interim cats are breeding and kittens are being born to fill the coffers of the wild cat population. While tnr may not be the best alternative it is better than none and does help strays and ferals. Cats in a managed colony can live a very long time in the wild, I have a managed colony in which cats have lived for 8 years. Any cat roaming is at risk of death from traffic and wild life. Tnr helps cut down on cats roaming to find mates and cats who are fed generaly stay in the vicinity of their feeding station. You will never be able to trap and kill enough cats to make a significant dent in the wild population.

      As for rabies, cats are not the most common carrier; far more foxes, coyotes and raccoons carry this virus and pass it on. Cats in a colony that have been vaccinated are not a huge risk, and the rabies vaccine last far longer than the purported 1-3 years.

      While it is true that ferals kill wildlife the kill numbers are vastly over estimated. Lack of habitat and pesticides are probably the number one killer of birds and wildlife. Not to mention native species such as foxes and coyotes.

      Let’s get real and support programs that really work to make a difference. Sticking our heads in the sand like ostriches accomplishes nothing and the people who propose trap and kill have never done tnr so have no basis on which to base their ideas. Let’s work together to solve this problem Jeanne Lesko

    4. I agree with posters so far, trap and kill does not work because no one can afford the time and money it costs to do it right. Trap-neuter-return has the SAME end result in mind as trap and kill, NO feral cats- but their power is in thousands of hours of volunteer time, DAILY surveillance on volunteer hours, and return of the cats to the environment they know and undertsand as the wild animals that they are, to live out their lives. No one in their right mind recommends rounding up all the raccoons in a neighborhood becuase they are rabies resevoirs and they must eke out their existence as wild animals foraging for food and being hit by cars. The only difference between a wild raccoon and a wild, feral cat is that people have cats as pets, and beleuve a cat is only happy or only deserves to live as a pet. Confronted with the reality that doing something is better than doing nothing, then taking advantage of thousands of unpaid volunteer hours to control the feral cat population through TNR is infinitely more useful than doing nothing at all, or throwing a few dozen hours at an immense problem. If you are not part of a solution, you are part of the problem. Let the volunteers who are willing to reduce feral cat populations humanely on their own time, do their work. Support it, don’t villify it. Because you, as a taxpayer, simply cannot afford a comprehensive EFFECTIVE trap and kill solution.

    5. Molly;

      Your logic is typical of TNR cool-aid drinkers.

      You say there is not enough man power to trap and kill but you have enough man power to repeatedly trap, care for, RELEASE and do it all over again…?

      Next you insist that cats are “Wild Animal”. Name one place in the world where Domesticated Cats are naturally found in the wild..? That is just stupid.

      What these feral cats are is an invasive species, just like Killer Bees or Rats and should be exterminated. Using your same logic all the Pythons and Iguanas loose in FL should be trapped, given a check up and a nice warm stay in a comfy kennel and released.

      The solution IS Trap and Kill, you are welcome to keep trapping and RELEASING cats back in to the environment but the tide is turning, common folks are waking up to the nightmare that is TNR and are starting to demand sound conservation logic to be applied to solve the problem.

    6. There is plenty of evidence supporting the effectiveness of TNR. Moreover, it’s ludicrous to say a feral cat is “domestic” and should, therefore, be exterminated while a raccoon is a “wild” animal. Domestic and wild are relative terms that don’t apply across the board. Some cats can live comfortably with human beings in a house and some cannot but the basic nature of the cat has not changed. If a cat lives in the wild for a generation, he/she may become more similar to a wild cat than a tiger that has been raised with human beings and has not lived in the wild.

      As for invasive species: the most invasive species is hands-down the human being. Humans have destroyed more wild animals, including birds, than any other animal & it is the human lifestyle that is primarily responsible for destruction of animal habitat. Humans don’t generally live with nature as do feral cats and other animals – they try to dominate nature and in so doing cause tremendous destruction. The best solution for all animals would be for humans to enclose themselves in some kind of fenced area or cage and to live exclusively in that area. The rest of the land should be left free for non-human animals. If humans tire of living in a fenced area, it should be acceptable for them to request “euthanasia” of themselves.

      As for AmmoLand, I suspect you dislike feral cats out of fear that they’ll compete with your unnecessary and cruel attempts to hunt birds & other creatures – don’t the facts indicate that hunters have caused the extermination of numerous bird species?

    7. Hey Luke Thomas, If a free neuter/spay service is the solution why don’t YOU start one? Maybe because you are not at Vet? No facility to do it in? Both of those cost money. If feral cats breed faster than they can be trapped and killed, then they breed faster than they can be trapped and neutered as well, and the neutered one actually maintains the population rather than decreasing it. In reality TNK is cheaper than TNR. To reduce a population one must REDUCE the population. Whether you love or hate cats has no bearing on the costs.

    8. * Every comment misses the following VITAL point:
      If people don’t FEED feral cats, their population will not keep rising – rather it will fall.

      Feral cats, especially those not living near restaurants and dumpsters, cannot get enough food to A) bear large litters and B) raise lots of healthy young.

      Denying feral cats the supplemental food that bleeding hearts give them will do more to control their population than all the trapping in the world.

      FOOD is the key – don’t feed feral cats!

    9. As a Feral colony caretaker, I don’t even know what to say to this…Not who I’d expect to be hearing this from. Trap, Neuter and Return is the best thing we can do for these poor babies.
      Speechless…..

    10. I have living in my yard a whole litter of 2nd generation feral kittens. The cost to spay them is way too high, and in the surrounding area no one wants to adopt them.

      Gina want some kittens? I think there are three left.

      p.s. I think the state should fine the bejesus out of irresponsible

    11. Cats as we know them were never “wild” and therefore have no true place in our environment as do raccoons for example. That is a false comparison. Moreover if I trap and kill a raccoon, will anyone complain? Cats are so predatory that they kill birds and other small animals even if they are not hungry. They defecate and dig in flower gardens and lawns, they make noise at night as well. What is truly annoying is that many owners of domestic cats do not seem to realize that they should have a collar and be tagged, so one will know which cats are domestic. In a perfect world all the feral cats would be captured and killed, or simply killed.

      H. K.

    12. Man is the most selfish animal that exists. First we brought feral cats on our ships 10,000 years ago to help keep the rodents out of our food. Now we don’t see a need for community feral cats so our mentality changes. Typical.

      H Kirkpatrick,
      Of course cats are making noise at night! That’s a mating behavior. They need to be spayed or neutered. There are humane ways to keep cats out of your precious gardens and lawns and off your shiny red cars. Alley Cat Allies will show you how on their website. With that said: TNR caregivers must do TNR correctly and be available in the area/neighborhood they are caring for the cats. I and my wife are and it goes smooth as butta. Started out with 15 cats and through natural attribution we are down to 4 cats. If more communities did TNR can you imagine the LOW numbers of feral and stray cats?

      Remember cats are rodent specialists and not bird specialists. We–humans– are the cause of the dwindling bird population with our selfish bird habitat destruction (wildlife in general). Don’t forget about the masses of chemicals and pesticides that we throw in the air, etc. Not saying cats never catch a bird but to blame them for the dwindling bird population is all propaganda of the multi million bird “conservation” groups who lobby Congress to spread propaganda like this crap of an “article.”

      Ammoland: Instead of pushing your propaganda why don’t you give thanks to the hard working volunteers who are out DOING SOMETHING to control the cat population with TNR, many times out of our own pockets which I am happy to do. We all have the same goal and that’s to lessen the number of community feral and stray cats. So stop with your propaganda.

      1. Were sorry you are uncomfortable reading the truth. We know there are a lot of “volunteers for TNR” and we are amazed that seemingly intelligent people can continue to put so much effort behind such an environmentally damaging program.

        The truth is science trumps feel good policy’s everyday…TNR has no basis in science.

    13. Ammoland:
      There’s no feel good policies where TNR is concerned. Believe me it’s hard work but it — has — to — get — done. For over a century we have been trying, (and miserably failing), at exterminating every outdoor cat and as you can see extermination ain’t working my friend. Australia did it and they had the biggest outbreak in history of rodents. And now they are back at having feral cats but this time implementing TNR since they learned their lesson. So what do you suggest gets done instead? We know TNR works. It stops the breeding in it’s tracks, then cats die through natural attribution. I ask this in a curious serious way.

      See, TNR needs to be a community widespread effort for it to take care of all feral cats in a humane long term way once and for all, (with the threat of rodent infestation), but if there are lobby groups flashing their millions in Congress this will never get done.

      The world is so full of corruption, kickbacks, bribes and payoffs that it would blow anyone’s mind. It would be to much for any layman to comprehend. These so called studies of yours, or rather the American Bird “Conservancy” etc, lobby run organizations, PAY for their own “studies” to say what they need them to say…..or the funding is cut off. C’mon no one can be that naive. This truth in science you speak of are PAID studies funded by the ones who pay for those very same studies. It’s called big business my friend.

      Corruption is everywhere big business lurks it’s ugly head. Money talks. It’s in the FDA, Pharmaceutical industry, food industry,etc.

      So are you saying the cats we have at home as pets are invasive species? Because, ya know, feral cats are the same species as the cats who live in our home. Feral cats are not a new phenomenon, just a bit shy and scared since as kittens they didn’t have that human touch. That’s all, no big deal.

      As far as rabies goes, a single dose of a rabies vaccine, (which is part of TNR), provides multiple years of protection. What’s interesting is those wealthy bird “conservation” groups will never tell anyone that even if a tiny few number of feral cats had rabies, (which they don’t), it’s virtually impossible to get bitten by a feral cat because they run from humans, ya know because their scared. They never, ever, ever confront anybody. The last confirmed cat to human transmission of rabies occurred in 1975, ONE, and that was by a house cat. I’m laughing at the misinformation that’s out there about feral cats.

      So when you get a second please answer my two questions as I’m doing my best to see your side to this.
      Thanks,

    14. While I don’t agree with TNR, I think its silly to bring up the fact that feral cats don’t die of old age, as wild animals rarely die of old age either, yet we don’t kill raccoons and possums to save them from their fate. Most don’t even live to be old enough to breed.

      Personally, I do not understand the logic behind TNR. We wouldn’t go and capture all the non-native reptiles in FL, neuter them (even if it was possible), then release them back in the wild to roam wherever they want.

      What about the cats at the pound? Why is it okay for shelters to euthanize millions of perfectly friendly cats a year, but not feral ones?

      If I found a stray chihuahua, neutered it, then dumped it somewhere I’d be fined. Why are cats different?

      If people want to do TNR, then the feral cats should be kept contained on private property, and cats in general should be expected to be confined to their owner’s property like dogs, rats, mice, hamsters, gerbils, horses, goats, snakes, iguanas, etc. are.

    15. I own a cat, I also have a feral cat problem in our town. No one wants to seem to pay for all these plans. PETA kills 95% of all cats sent to its shelters, yes look it up, with 22 l.r. at 8 cents a round, I found the answer to your problem.

    16. Cats have been domesticated to assist humans against rodents for thousands of years. And to be companion animals to humans. And they have a loving, fun and intelligent energy.
      The abuse and mis-treatment of feral cats, and other cats, by human beings is just another example of humans being weak and pathetic, and really quite mean spirited.

      This needs to be said, even though not much will change.

    17. But lets not forget PETA doesn’t want the ownership of any animal! I have heard PETA people support releasing domesticated animals into the wild because in captivity they are “slaves”. PETA actually hates animals, especially pets, so I don’t understand why so many pet owners support them!

    18. Totally true. Cats are a domestic species and should be kept indoors or supervised while outside. We don’t just release feral dogs, or pigs, so why should we do it with cats?
      Native wildlife has not developed the mechanisms to live alongside non-native predator species. This causes an imbalance and can decimate local wildlife populations. Native predator-prey fluctuations are normal and maintain an ecological balance and biodiversity. No balance can exist between domestic cats (an exotic species) and native wildlife in the environment.
      Reabandonment of these cats through TNR is abuse and mis-treatment of the cats. It is even worse for the environment.
      We do not live in a “No Kill” world. Sorry, but the humane and responsible decision is to euthanize feral cats. Why not? I’m a veterinary technician and wildlife rehabilitator and I have to euthanize many wild animals and birds I receive who are maimed and suffering due to being caught by the roaming domestic cat.
      TNR needs to be banned.

    19. I believe PETA and AmmoLand have succumbed to the political correctness cadre. When political correct liberals don’t like guns, they don’t want anyone to have them and when conservative people don’t like guns, they don’t purchase them. When liberals don’t like newborn humans they prefer to abort them at any point during pregnancy. They never practice any kind of rational means to help prevent a problem through education, abstinence, or common sense. It’s always to kill the result of misinformed behavior. I wonder if there are any stats on the usefulness of outright capture and kill over TNR? But then why use stats when political correctness calls for killing all unwanted critters; human or mammal?

    20. Anyone who is pro trap “fix” and release of cats is for the depeletion and possible extinction of indigenous species. Anyone who is pro “t-n-r” wants cats to suffer a horrible death and the spread of disease. Duh…why don’t we start t-n-r programs for pitbulls…..why not neuter lifers in prison and set them free ???? there needs to be a line drawn with compassion….I see PETA finally has (((OMG))).

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