|Where do cats go when they are rounded up by pest control?|
Sent: Wednesday, April 05, 2006 10:22 AM
Subject: Where do cats go when they are rounded up by pest control?
Recently a friend told me that she wanted to call her town council to complain about cats in her estate. She said she was afraid of cats. When I told her that the town council would respond by engaging a pest control company to round up the cats to be killed at the AVA, her eyes widened in disbelief. She said, "I always thought the town council will just displace the cats elsewhere!" She restored my belief that people are innately good when she decided to be tolerant of the presence of cats.
This ignorance that cats caught are sent anywhere but to be killed is perhaps part of denial. From reading the catwelfare society's blog http://catwelfare.blogspot.com/), we find that this misperception prevails even amongst some property officers in town councils.
AVA has to put down an average of 30-40 cats a day on based on the figure of 13,000 cats killed every year. Some of my friends wondered if it were true what they have heard - that strays in AVA were killed by spraying with water and then electrocuting them to death. I told them that AVA administers the animal cruelty act and therefore it cannot act in anyway but humanely by adminstering lethal injection to the strays, one by one. This must put a tremendous emotional and physical strain on the vets and technicians at the AVA.
It is time we unstick our heads from the sand and implement a humane management of strays. Please restore the stray cat rehabilitation scheme (SCRS) that is based on Trap-Neuter-Release-and-Manage (TnRM) strategy. TnRM has proven successful in many countries in reducing the number of
strays and hence a reduction in the need to put down strays.
Let's put a stop this incessant killing.