Los Angeles City Support of TNR Suspended
On December 4, 2009, the City of Los Angeles was forced to suspend all city funding and promotion of local Trap-Neuter-Return programs. The suspension was ordered by a Superior Court judge in response to a lawsuit by six conservation groups that claims the city must file an environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) before continuing to support Trap-Neuter-Return.
The judge’s disappointing decision only impacts the city government—it does not affect Trap-Neuter-Return or feral cat care by individual residents or private groups. But many L.A. caregivers rely on city-funded spay/neuter vouchers to help feral cats. This order will have a serious impact on their efforts to help the city’s cats live better, healthier lives.
In addition, city officials are not only barred from providing already allocated spay/neuter funding for feral cats. Under the ruling, they cannot even tell the public that privately funded programs are available. This simple act will push more cats into a failed sheltering system, where the vast majority – 70 percent or more, nationally – are killed.
Alley Cat Allies will not let this terrible decision – and the faulty logic it is based on – stand unchallenged. We have been in close and frequent contact with our colleagues, supporters and friends in Los Angeles, helping them to ensure that spay/neuter funding for L.A.’s feral cats and Trap-Neuter-Return education is reinstated as soon as possible.
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