For Immediate Release: January 9, 2013
Contact: FRANCIE ISRAELI, firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 207-1134; ALISON GRASHEIM, email@example.com or (240) 482-1985
ALLEY CAT ALLIES DENOUNCES FERAL CAT BAN BY INDIAN HARBOUR BEACH CITY COUNCIL
Feral cat ban clashes with Brevard County efforts to maintain Trap-Neuter-Return program, creating more problems
BETHESDA, MD— Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today denounced a ban on the care of feral cats imposed by the City Council of Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.
“We are outraged and disappointed that the City Council of Indian Harbour Beach enacted a ban on the feeding and care of feral cats,” said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies. “Starving these cats will only drive them to roam further in search of food, it will not make them disappear, and it will make it more difficult for caring volunteers to help neuter and stabilize populations. You cannot legislate away compassion.”
The city’s ban oversteps and subverts the efforts of Florida’s Brevard County, which has operated one of the country’s longest-running Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs. Trap-Neuter-Return is the only solution for any community that wants humane and effective programs for feral cats, who are not socialized to people and cannot be adopted into homes. Trap-Neuter-Return ends the breeding cycle, stabilizes the population, and makes cats better neighbors.
Alley Cat Allies condemned the City Council’s refusal to cooperate with experienced volunteers, residents who support the community’s cats or Brevard County animal control officials before voting on the ban. Indian Harbour Beach leadership did not provide advance notice of the meeting at which the ban was voted on, nor did it consult other parties to discuss alternative actions.
“The city’s approach is counter-productive,” said Robinson. “We are dismayed that the city did not seek collaborative solutions before this divisive path, which will divide the city and pit neighbor against neighbor.”
Alley Cat Allies urged the City Council to reconsider its decision and engage with Brevard County Animal Services as it works with Alley Cat Allies to improve upon the county’s already successful TNR program.
About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has nearly half a million supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities, and organizations save and improve the lives of millions of cats and kittens nationwide. Their web site is www.alleycat.org.