CASPER, Wyo. – Aug. 4, 2020 – Alley Cat Allies, the global engine of change for cats, is demanding that the Casper, Wyoming, City Council immediately table a proposed ban for the feeding of feral cats and instead focus on humane management of the city’s cat population.
“Feeding bans have proven to be failed policy and practice after decades of unsuccessful attempts in cities and towns everywhere,” said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies. “Even if caregivers are not ‘allowed’ to feed cats, the cats will still be attracted to other food in the area. They will not just miraculously go away, and as they roam farther to find food, they will actually become more visible. This will lead to increased calls to local authorities and animal control in the City of Casper.”
Robinson also explained how feeding bans interfere with the only humane and effective approach to outdoor cat populations, known as Trap-Neuter-Return, or TNR. In this process, cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, eartipped for identification, and returned to their outdoor homes to live out their natural lives. Because cats are territorial, they prevent more cats from moving into the same area.
“If caregivers are prohibited from feeding, they have a more difficult time trapping cats, which ultimately leads to fewer cats being spayed, neutered and vaccinated. Casper could well end up with more cats because of such a misguided law.”
Robinson offered to provide information and support about humane options from Alley Cat Allies to help the City of Casper find real, proven solutions to managing community cats in the city.
(Note to editors: Included with this press release is the letter Alley Cat Allies submitted to the City of Casper on Aug. 3, 2020.)
About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies is the leader of a global movement to protect cats and kittens. Now in our 30th anniversary year, we are joined by over half a million supporters worldwide.
Alley Cat Allies believes every cat deserves to live out his or her life to the fullest. We exposed an entrenched system in which animal control agencies and shelters have been killing millions of cats for over a century. Today, the programs we introduced in the United States are mainstream.
To achieve our goals, we collaborate with grassroots advocates, animal shelters, municipal managers, and lawmakers to replace deadly laws and policies with ones that protect cats. We defend all cats by offering cutting edge education online, in person, and through one-on-one dialogue. We advance lifesaving innovations such as Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and Shelter-Neuter-Return (SNR), high-quality, high-volume spay and neuter, microchipping, anti-declawing legislation, and any program that best serves the interests of cats.
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