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Press Release

For Immediate Release: November 12, 2010
Contact: ELIZABETH PAROWSKI, eparowski@alleycat.org or 240-482-1984; FRANCIE ISRAELI, fisraeli@johnadams.com or 202-207-1134

ALLEY CAT ALLIES CALLS ON SUPPORTERS TO OPPOSE BELLAIRE, TX FEEDING BAN AT CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Feeding bans are cruel and do not work; Spokesperson interviews available

BELLAIRE, TX — Dozens of opponents to a proposed feeding ban that would harm the city’s cats are expected to demonstrate their opposition at a Bellaire city council meeting Monday night.

“Feeding bans for cats are not only cruel – they are totally ineffective,” said Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies. “Studies show they don’t work to keep cats away. In fact, they increase calls to animal control by encouraging the cats to roam further and to scavenge in garbage cans and dumpsters.”

“Feeding bans also create obstacles to carrying out Trap-Neuter-Return, the only humane and effective course of action for feral cats,” Robinson said. “These bans force people who manage feral cat colonies or connect caregivers with services like low-cost spay/neuter to operate in secrecy.”

To read more about why feeding bans are cruel, harmful and counter-productive, visit www.alleycat.org/feedingban.

Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats, is spearheading the opposition. Local feral-cat supporters are asked to come out to the meeting to voice their opposition to the ban, which is being voted on that evening. A representative of Alley Cat Allies will read a statement at the meeting.

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

WHAT: Bellaire Citizens and Local Feral Cat Supporters Turn Out to Oppose Proposed Bellaire City Council Feeding Ban
WHEN: November 15, 2010 7:00 PM
WHERE: Bellaire City Hall 7008 South Rice Avenue Bellaire, TX 77401
CONTACT: Elizabeth Parowski, National Spokesperson, Alley Cat Allies (240) 482-1984 or media@alleycat.org

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