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Press Release

For Immediate Release: May 26, 2010
Contact: ELIZABETH PAROWSKI, eparowski@alleycat.org or 240-482-1984; FRANCIE ISRAELI, fisraeli@johnadams.com or 202-207-1134

FERAL CAT SUPPORTERS TO OPPOSE BROOKHAVEN FEEDING BAN AT COUNCIL MEETING
Groups say feeding bans are cruel and do not work; Spokesperson interviews available

BETHESDA – More than 150 opponents of a feeding ban that would adversely affect cats are expected to attend a town council meeting in Brookhaven, N.Y. on June 1, to demonstrate the considerable opposition to the proposed ordinance.

Several local feral cat protection groups, including Pitter Paws of Long Island, are expected to attend. They will be supported in their efforts by Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats. A representative of Alley Cat Allies will read a statement in opposition to the proposed ordinance at the meeting.

“Feeding bans for cats are not only cruel – they are totally ineffective, for numerous reasons,” said Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies. “Scientific studies show they don’t work, and only encourage feral cats to roam further and scavenge to find food in garbage cans and dumpsters.”

“Feeding bans also discourage and create obstacles to carrying out Trap-Neuter-Return, the only humane and effective course of action for feral cats,” Robinson said. “The bans force concerned citizens and Good Samaritans, who manage feral cat colonies and connect caregivers with resources including low-cost spay/neuter, to operate in secrecy.”

Interviews with local feral cat caregivers will be available to members of the media.

WHAT: Local Groups Turn Out to Oppose Proposed Brookhaven Town Council Feeding Ban
WHEN: June 1, 2010 at 6:00 PM
WHERE: Brookhaven Town Council One Independence Hill Farmingville, NY 11738
CONTACT: Elizabeth Parowski, National Spokesperson, Alley Cat Allies (240) 482-1984 or media@alleycat.org Dawn Reilly, Founder and Spokesperson, Pitter Patter Paws Inc. (516) 316-7025 or dawnmreilly@aol.com

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About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies is the nation’s leading advocate for stray and feral cats. Their web site is www.alleycat.org.