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Press Release

For Immediate Release: June 2, 2010
Contact: ELIZABETH PAROWSKI, eparowski@alleycat.org or 240-482-1984; FRANCIE ISRAELI, fisraeli@johnadams.com or 202-207-1134

ALLEY CAT ALLIES APPLAUDS BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. TOWN COUNCIL FOR REJECTING FERAL CAT FEEDING BAN
Proposed ban voted down at June 1 hearing; more than 300 cat advocates attended

BETHESDA – Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats, today said it was encouraged that the town of Brookhaven, N.Y. made the right decision in rejecting a proposed law that would have banned the feeding of feral cats on town land. The town council unanimously voted down the proposal at a public hearing last night.

More than 300 cat advocates reportedly turned out to oppose the ordinance. A statement by Alley Cat Allies was read to the town council before the votes were cast.

“Brookhaven’s town council made a sound decision,” said Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies. “Feeding bans don’t achieve their intended goals. Studies show they don’t work, and only encourage feral cats to scavenge for food in garbage cans and dumpsters.

“They also create major obstacles to carrying out Trap-Neuter-Return, which is the only humane and effective course of action for feral cats,” Robinson said.

In addition to rejecting the proposed ban, the Brookhaven council instructed the town’s feral cat committee to craft new guidance based on feedback from animal protection groups. Alley Cat Allies will provide research and information to advise the committee.

More information about feral cats and the ineffectiveness and cruelty of feeding bans can be found at www.alleycat.org/FeedingBan.

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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.