TNR for Feral Cats is Horribly Cruel and Only Makes People Feel Better

TNR for Feral Cats is Horribly Cruel and Only Makes People Feel Better

Feral Cats are Invasive Species
Feral Cats are Invasive Species

Manqsquan, NJ – -(AmmoLand.com)- There has been much made of the supposed “Positive Results” of Trap Neuter and Release (TNR). What proponents fail to mention is that Feral Cats are not outside pets and suffer horribly from the lack of food, water, shelter and regular medical care while living outside exposed to the elements.

The number of feral cats suffering under the guise of TNR is staggering. It is estimated that the township of Jackson, NJ has 1000+ feral cats, while Point Pleasant Beach NJ Animal Welfare Committee estimates there are some 200 -300 feral cats in Pt Beach, NJ alone.

The popularity of TNR programs has been put forward as an acceptable solution by animal rights extremist organizations.

Under the guidance of radical NO-Kill groups, whose admitted goal is equal rights for animal and humans, they have been promoting TNR as a way to prevent the euthanization of cats and pushing forward their “Feel Good” policy of keeping animals alive at all cost.

Feral Cats Are an Invasive Species:
Feral Cats are so damaging to the environment that the Global Invasive Species Database lists Feral Cats as number 38 out of 100 of the World's Worst Invasive Alien Species. More dangerous than Fire Ants (86), Rats (80) and Killer Bees. Would you Trap Neuter and Release rats or killer bees and they are consider less of an environmental threat?

The domestic cat hunts and eats over a thousand species. Even well-fed domestic cats may hunt and kill, mainly catching small mammals, but also birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish. Hunting by domestic cats is the leading cause of the decline in the numbers of birds in urban areas.

Yet under TNR cats are trapped, then provided with medical care and food in warm clean environment. Once they are judged to be healthy their ears are clipped, to identify them as being previously trapped, and they are released back into your local back yard cat colony.

Feral Cats Spread Rabies:
In recent weeks there has been a dramatic upswing in the incident of rabies in local wild animals. Many times the vector source of the spread of rabies is established cat colonies as evidenced by the recent warnings by Point Pleasant Beach’s animal control officer and the suspension of their much touted TNR program. This close proximity of rabid feral cats, living on our beaches and in our parks, exposes natural wildlife and all of us to increased risk of rabies and other serious diseases. Oh, did I mention that with the current suspension there is no trapping of feral cats so rabid cats are left to infect more animals and possibly humans, while they suffer the maddening consequences of rabies and die alone in the wild?

Feral Cats in the Wild is Animal Cruelty:
Domestic cats left in the wild even with “animal sponsors” suffer from horrible conditions. Cats are territorial so when a new cat is trapped under TNR and its brief vacation in a loving animal shelter is over it is released in the local “Cat Colony” where it must now fight for its life with established feral cats for food, water and territory. Not to mention the cold, heat, rain, fleas, tics, parasites, automobile traffic and encounters with indigenous wild animals that this frightened house hold pet must endure just so individuals can feel good about not having had to euthanize this poor creature.

A Better Solution:
A Better Solution would be towns taking responsible steps to reduce the chance of domestic cats escaping or breeding in the wild followed with a comprehensive Trap and Keep policy.

All towns should pass ordinances so domestic cats are licensed the same as dogs, and like dogs, the ordinance should read that cats can not be allowed outside without a leash. All the same fines and penalties for dog owners should apply to cat owners found letting their cat run free or unlicensed. This would reduce the negative effects that household pet cats have on wildlife and would greatly reduce the chances of them breeding with each other and with feral cats in the wild.

In fact this solution is the preferred choice of the following organizations over TNR.
• American Bird Conservancy
• Humane Society Of The United States (HSUS)
• Audubon Society
• Bird Conservation Alliance
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

Lastly existing wild cats and cat colonies should be trapped, rehabilitated and adopted out or euthanized. Money raised from the cat licensing process should be used to fund the Trap and Remove Program.

The No-Kill animal organizations will disagree and fight these common sense ideas tooth and nail even if it means these poor cats will continue to suffer.

So that leaves level headed town residents to be the ones to ask their Mayor and Councils to end this cruel and inhumane practice of Trap, Neuter and Release. This is a hard step but the best one for animals and one that responsible animal lovers should do for unfortunate animals in bad situations.

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CinnamonVegan
CinnamonVegan
3 years ago

Excellent article. I did T.N.R. for thirty years and after witnessing first hand how even a well-cared for colony lives and dies, I am now 100% pro-euthanasia. Euthanize all feral cats in a colony, and then stop putting out food. The vacuum effect will then be greatly lessened. I think your alternative to T.N.R. under “a better solution” is a far more humane solution. Thanks for having the courage to write this.

Tom
Tom
3 years ago

I agree with the writer who states that you are uneducated about TNR. Many of your statements are false and are stated in a way to twist the true. For example, you state that the Humane Society of the United States is against TNR, that is not true, they support TNR. Just read their policy statement on TNR. Some of your solutions to the problem are so idealistic that you might as well be on another planet. And for someone who wants to keep government out of our lives, you sure are calling on them to establish more laws and… Read more »

Paul
Paul
4 years ago

NYC is over-run with rats. They can use more than a few feral cats.

Hello kitty
Hello kitty
4 years ago

All you TNR people are morons that simply want to hoard and collect cats but not have your homes stink and become social or casts that get evicted by the city so you try ft o force your ‘pets’ on the neighbors. You simply claim you have no control where the cat decides to go and wash your hands of the problem. Trying to reason with such dots only brings more problems. The best way to solbe this …cat problem …. is to quietly get rid of the cats somehow and be done with it. TNR WILL NOT keep other… Read more »

Kat
Kat
4 years ago
Reply to  Hello kitty

Sounds like you are uneducated about TNVR. I’ve seen it work first hand. The chemicals , pesticides and poison people put on their lawns kill many more birds than well fed ferals. It is not the cats fault irresponsible people don’t spay and neuter their cats. They deserve to live. You are apparently just a cat hater. Sad for you .

Angela
Angela
3 years ago
Reply to  Hello kitty

hopefully someone eventually rids us all of u “quickly & painlessly” one day aswell #sadexcuss4ahuman

Isabel
Isabel
4 years ago

I live in a country in South America and the TNR has been helpful in keeping the feral cats population in check. I feed 6 feral cats which are clean, unobstrusive and grateful. They keep warm in an area specially designed for them. Their food is part of my monthly budget.

Casey
Casey
4 years ago

I’m not a fan of this site with its gun culture, but I must say, we can find something we agree on. A stopped clock is right twice a day.

Claudia
Claudia
4 years ago

PETA do support everything that makes them look good but they also support everything that saves them money. or what do you believe is the reason +90% of all animals given to them will be killed? it’s because of the money, they prefer to spend their moey into campaigns that makes them look good instead to spend this money to save the life of animals. propganda is all the life of an animal is nothing, thats how PETA works!

Claudia
Claudia
4 years ago

and what is so bad by the use of feral cats as feeders for giant snakes? it does free a feral from suffering and frees wildlife form a serious problem, it also reduces the support of the cruel industry hehind breeding mills and commercial feeder animals. so it’s a wii win win solution. best of all very most cat diseases wont spread to snake and for the rest there are the frequent shots.

Claudia
Claudia
4 years ago

haha bad photoshop work? you really need goggles, this is a stuffed cat! 😛

Claudia
Claudia
4 years ago

marc on what planet do you live? a well fed cat just huns way better than a starving! most tines cats hunt and it’s just for fun not for food that’s fact and the big deal with them.

Claudia
Claudia
4 years ago

woodsman i am 100% on you! the idiotic cat lovers just ignore these facts. same like they ignore the fact that TNR cant be the solution to reduce stray population effectively. they always argue trap and kill wont work but TNR will do. then they argu withwhen yo kill ferals there will come another thst takes their place. what do these people believe where these “new” ferals come from??? they just ignore these ferals were around already just waiting for their chance. and missing the fact when you just TNR and let the collony extingt over years exactly these oustanding… Read more »

Claudia
Claudia
4 years ago

partly right but the averange human wont kill +10 native animals a day just for fun.

Claudia
Claudia
4 years ago

you really say cats are not invasive when unconrolled??? how dumb someone needs to be to say this about worlds most invasive species???

Claudia
Claudia
4 years ago

oh and another one for all you ignorant cat lovers. why do we TNR cats wile we hunt and kill pythons in florida? both are invasive species that prey on native wildlife and do massive harm. lets say a cat do kill up to 10 animals a day what do you think a python do kill? you will be surprised a python only kills one animal every few weeks!!! so now give me a valid reason why the hell we shouldnt hunt down feral cats??? remember to look cute and fluffy in opposite to look evil and dont have fur… Read more »

Claudia
Claudia
4 years ago

how could it be a logical argument when the TNR number one argument is trap and kill wont work but TNR does? by TNR you just bring the neutered cats back to the collony what causes the collony will need many years to extingt. at trap and kill you reduce the number of members of a collony instantly! now the TNR fraction speaks about the vacuum effect that will cause just other ferals will take the now free place. yes thats true, but what do you believe these new strays come from? do they come from out of space??? no… Read more »

Claudia
Claudia
4 years ago

you really need to learn about the difference between native predators a non natural invasive species!
and please dont call it nature when a cat preys on native wildlife, this cant be nature because cats arent nature they are domestic. this is 5th grade biology you really should know that! grow up twisted mind cat lover.

Claudia
Claudia
4 years ago

you really need to learn the difference bewteen native wildlife and a invasive species that isnt natural!

Claudia
Claudia
4 years ago

to all you ignorant people that say trap and kill wont work but TNR does. when you trap and kill a cat there is one less cat, when you TNR there is still a cat! ok now you will come with your vacuum effect that another cat will take the free place will take but what the hell you stupids think this cat came from? comes that cat from out of space??? of course this cat was there already only out of the collony! so try to use your brain if there is any left. when you just TNR the… Read more »

Angela
Angela
3 years ago
Reply to  Claudia

wow u r truly a special kind of stupid huh? you dont have a single clue do u? bahaha! #dumbass

Cyndi
Cyndi
4 years ago

I have lived in this house in a suburban area for 4 years, before that I lived in a house on the other side of town where cats were not managed as well, although it was improving over the years. I have seen maybe 1 true feral in the time I have lived here, not even sure of that. The geese, on the other hand, roam in roving gangs, block the streets, poop all over our driveways and are really a pain and a nuisance. The birds here are also a nuisance, there are tons who are really noisy and… Read more »

GPG
GPG
4 years ago

In my back yard I’ve seen Hawks kill more song birds than the community feral cats. I’ve seen more squirrels and birds killed by cars than cats. Every person I’ve ever spoken to on the topic that happens to be anti-TNR always latches onto the cat killing birds debate to prove their “weak” point. Give me something new. It’s the way of nature and yes, cats are animals. Humans are animals. Animals pray on animals, insects, reptiles, etc. Cats kill for play? Hunters kill for sport. Nine times out of ten the cat will make a meal of its trophy.… Read more »

JaneDoh57
JaneDoh57
4 years ago

In New Jersey, it is against the law to feed feral cats and you will nr fined up to $1500 if caught. TNR can and does feed ferals. Why are they allowed? Tax payers money has been spent so this select group can feel good. They believe they are saving these cats lives. Perhaps they are but what kind of life is it? They will profess they are spayed, neutered, vaccinated, fed and provided boxes for warmth. These feline “tent cities” do not protect them from wild animals, weather, cars, people who revel that they hate cats, dogs, illness, etc.… Read more »

Janyce
Janyce
5 years ago

It’s interesting that the pro-TNR comments are logical, fact based, and objective, while the comments against it are misinformed, contradictory, angry, and disregard facts. They frequently are personally offensive with a ton of grammatical mistakes. Wonder why?

Hello kitty
Hello kitty
4 years ago
Reply to  Janyce

No one has to “justify”anything to you with their point. All you have to know is that I don’t want your cat at my house. That is all. If your cat comes here to hunt, crap on my grass, piss on my tires, keep me awake all night with its donic howling or even just to lay around, I will get rid of it. Nuff said. Me casa no is su casa. Is this simple enough or should I have broken this message to smaller bits with larger font so you understand?

laura
laura
5 years ago

This is grotesque generalization. Sure, we all wish our colonies weren’t dumped by humans, or born into the environment which humans so cruelly bestowed upon them. But the point of TNR is not to just release them to forever fend on their own, cold, hungry and killing all the birds and squirrels. It’s to provide regular feedings, clean water, shelters, vaccinations and required medical care. It’s not an easy task, bu there are plenty out there (like myself) willing to do it. We are with the cats every day and sure, if they knew better and were caught young enough,… Read more »

laura
laura
5 years ago

This is grotesque generalization. Sure, we all wish our colonies weren’t dumped by humans, or born into the environment which humans so cruelly bestowed upon them. But the point of TNR is not to just release them to forever fend on their own, cold, hungry and killing all the birds and squirrels. It’s to provide regular feedings, clean water, shelters, vaccinations and required medical care. It’s not an easy task, bu there are plenty out there (like myself) willing to do it. We are with the cats every day and sure, if they knew better and were caught young enough,… Read more »

Sandra
Sandra
5 years ago

We found our cat abandoned at 4 weeks old hiding under our truck. Waited until after midnight hoping mommy would come back for him before taking him in so he wouldn’t fall prey to predators. He has never since shown any desire to go outside or leave the house. We’ve also been caring for 2 Ferals, and after TNR, they come to the door twice a day for feeding. In 5 years, aside from our adopted inside kitty, we’ve never even seen any other ferals in our yard. There’s lots of birds, but I’ve never seen the ferals go after… Read more »

steve
steve
6 years ago

So in the future we can TNR gun nuts or euthanize them to end their misery. What would you prefer ?

Also kudos on agreeing with peta- the real animal rights extremist organization. IP# 99.238.40.156

Mike
Mike
6 years ago

I proudly allow my cat outdoors at all times. The fact that you agree with a plan that PETA endorses just makes it all the more silly. I’m kind of glad it pisses you off. My cat has rid the property of countless mice and lizards. She catches the occasional bird, but it’s not often, and let’s be honest, to pretend that most of these birds are anywhere near endangered is just laughable.

Kat
Kat
6 years ago

Feral cats fill the niche in the food chain vacated by bobcats which have been driven out by human activity. They are NOT ‘invasive’ as long as they are uncontrolled. My last outside cat (dead afor 10 years now) hunted rodents and English sparrows. He didn’t eat them, he ate cat food. I fail to see how TNR is ‘cruel’ to feral cats who are left – they are WILD (that is what feral means) – if it is not cruel to leave bobcats in the wild. Ferals the same environment as a bobcat would. You think trapping and killing… Read more »

Nicole
Nicole
6 years ago

As someone who has seen success from TNR, your comment about rehabilitating them and either adopting them out or euthanizing them, goes to show how misinformed you are. Do a little research before you go around making suggestions on a subjecy you obviously know nothing about. True feral cats that are 6 months or older have a slim to none chance at being “rehabilitated ” and that’s why TNR is the only humane thing to do. You obviously know nothing about cats, you’re likely just a redneck gun freak who things killing the is the best thing to do. I… Read more »

JanetheBrain
JanetheBrain
5 years ago
Reply to  Nicole

I was shocked when I read his comment also… it scares me that such clueless people can have such a strong opinion about something the obviously don’t get. You do TNR in a colony and then someone whos not a dick feeds that colony…hey maybe a few people share the chore. why do people think they are too special and too important to care and act and help. I do TNR and I work damn hard at socializing who I can so I never have to send them back I have euthanized suffering ferals Ive trapped.. Ive released the healthy… Read more »

Sayitasiseeit
Sayitasiseeit
6 years ago

Humans do worse to the environment and wild life! Should we hunt them? Euthanize the sick and homeless???

Just me
Just me
6 years ago

In the middle and I hate for animals to be euthanized. There is one feral cat here at our house, we live in the country. It was starving and catching birds and mice, chipmunks, baby rabbits. I am feeding it 2x a day, still it is under the bird feeder, got a chipmunk or mouse this morning and not much later today was thinking it would take on a squirrel. Local shelter will euthanize by policy, it is feral, a danger to staff, no one will want to adopt. I need a barn for it to go to once I… Read more »

OfftoTNR
OfftoTNR
7 years ago

Carrie, to answer your question, it is horrible to kill a cat in the shelter, and we do work with the shelters to implement TNR programs in the shelters as well.

People are tired of killing cats. And that method has not worked, as evidenced by the huge number of feral cats there are.

I look forward to a day when there are no feral cats, but TNR works, and trap and kill does not.

Animal lover
Animal lover
7 years ago

I am totally disgusted with the animal control in nj . I feed a feral cat who was starving to death . And was having multiple litters . Took all of kittens spayed and neuter , vaccinated, this was a total of 9 kittens in all found them all good homes and finally got the momma cat spayed she was very tough because I knew she lived on the street and wasn’t vaccinated but I finally trapped her by myself ! Got her spayed vaccinated with a clean bill of health . She is an old cat who never lived… Read more »

cats claw
cats claw
4 years ago
Reply to  Animal lover

all the problems across the globe is a result of human overpopulation, and never-ending-stupidity.. People shoot their mouths off, they complain about everything, and most of them do ”’nothing””” to make the problems better. MOST HUMAN BEINGS ARE “””LAZY”””. They talk a blue streak, but they never take action to find solutions. And it is only going to get worse. social media isn’t helping, it’s just one big hate-fest.
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Carrie
Carrie
7 years ago

"One of the posts here, did a very good reminder about what happened in Europe, few centuries ago, becouse of the rats." No, it was terrible and shows how delusional the majority of cat owners are. Cats can also carry and spread the plague. Cats will also go out of their way to find and kill rodents that aren't even bothering people. I used to live with my parents on a quiet street near a field. We lived there for a long time, and not once did anyone ever see a mouse or a sign of a mouse. None of… Read more »

Tred Law
Tred Law
8 years ago

This post is RIGHT ON and the Kitty lovers have tried to beat the common sense out of it with their twisted logic but the TRUTH is cats loose in the wild are an invasive species. They kill so much natural wild life that they are destroying the natural balance. Anyone who tries to argue for them to remain loose is unfit to manage our wildlife.

Ruzica Johansson
Ruzica Johansson
8 years ago

To all of you who "hate cats" and do not agree with TNR (Trap Neuter Return), don´t you ever think that the overpopulation of rats, could be a much more serious problem, than the overpopulation of feral cats. One of the posts here, did a very good reminder about what happened in Europe, few centuries ago, becouse of the rats. You think that producing poison for rats is how you can manage the rats. And that poisining rats is more "human" way to get rid of rats. Cats are God´s gift to humanity, becouse of that reason. That´s why cats… Read more »

Tred Law
Tred Law
8 years ago

@Woodsman – who are you Dr Seuss? "Rats and cats both should be trapped so stop the crap, how about that?"

Antoinette
Antoinette
8 years ago

No, I would not TNR a rat, but a cat is not a rat. duh.

Woodsman
Woodsman
8 years ago

The only difference between rats and cats is that people who own and love pet-rats aren't severely mentally unbalanced and trying to hoard sterilized feral-rat populations on other people's public and private properties, while relentlessly petitioning all their law-makers to do so. Pet-rat owners at least have their sh** together.

(Yes, I still think it's their cats' T. gondii parasites in the cat-lovers' brains that make them so unfalteringly blind to their own stupidity, hypocrisy, and absolute absurdity.)

Woodsman
Woodsman
8 years ago

Well now … let us just look at how to become JUST AS HUMANE as EVERY LAST TNR ADVOCATE. Shall we? Don't close your eyes, you don't want to miss this … How to reduce feral-cat numbers THE-TNR-WAY by "natural attrition", but without traps & sterilizing them first: (or "The Way That *ALL* Stray-Cats Die") 1) Aim your car for cats when it's safe for all else to do so. 2) Put out poison for cats (Acetaminophen/Paracetamol (1-capsule generic tylenol) pain-relievers (the most cat-species specific), antifreeze, vermin-poisons, poisonous plants or animals — the ways that all TNR'ed cats succumb to… Read more »

Woodsman
Woodsman
8 years ago

FACT: Trap & Kill failed because cats cannot be trapped faster than they exponentially breed out of control. FACT: Trap & Sterilize is an even bigger abject failure because they 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… Read more »

Woodsman
Woodsman
8 years ago

Be cautious about using any cats taken from outdoors for adoption or you could be held criminally responsible. There’s no way to know a wild-harvested cats’ vaccination history, if any, nor their exposure to all the deadly diseases cats carry. If a cat has contracted rabies then a vaccination later will do no good. It’s already too late. There’s no reliable known test for rabies while keeping the animal alive. They need to be destroyed after they are trapped. It’s the only sane and sensible solution. This is why all wild-harvested animals of any type intended for the pet-industry must… Read more »