We learned as a society, long ago, that closing soup kitchens and rescue missions does not prevent hunger and homelessness.(Ruth Steinberger, Spay First Inc.)
And we learned also that restrain from feeding stray cats will not make them go away but simply make them suffer more before dying from inanition.
But it seems that elected officials in Quebec did not get this at all. They keep passing new by-laws forbidding to feed strays and authorizing the police to harass the good people doing so as soon as a neighbor complains.
What is beyond me though is where they got this notion that cats can survive by themselves without humans helping. If they are in the streets, it is the fault of humans so why can’t they be blamed and ordered to repair their mistake ?
Even though stray cats are part of urban fauna worldwide, in Canada they do not hibernate and need to be sheltered and fed in order to survive and who better than humans can do that job. So why be hypocrites, close our eyes and let them stand in the snow at the back door without helping.
I have reasons to believe that the same person who doesn’t intervene to help strays is the same that won’t look at a homeless person freezing on the sidewalk in winter just to make sure that he will not have to help out.
That kind of compassion goes for children, seniors, homeless persons and likewise, animals; all vulnerable creatures.
If you want to see if a person will be compassionate with you, check how he or she reacts in front of a stray animal.