Northumberland Borough Council passed an ordinance that “bans” outdoor cats. Under the new law, outdoor cats must be on a leash. And it is now illegal to put out food for stray and feral cats.
Alley Cat Allies is blasting the Pennsylvania borough council for passing the ordinance.
Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies, said “Feeding bans and ‘leash laws’ are inherently cruel—and they don’t work. These bans do nothing to stabilize feral cat populations, and they push more cats into animal pounds and shelters, where they are killed. They are a pointless waste of taxpayer dollars.”
Robinson also noted that the reason why more than 330 local governments nationwide now use Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) to control outdoor cats is because “catch and kill” has never worked to reduce their numbers, and TNR is the only proven, humane approach. Using TNR, stray and feral cats are humanely trapped, then vaccinated, sterilized, eartipped by veterinarians then either adopted out or released back into their colony.
“Feeding bans discourage TNR by punishing caregivers—the Good Samaritans who spend their own time and dollars making the community better for cats and for people,” Robinson said. “These bans also ignore the real issue, which is a lack of affordable and accessible spay/neuter in the community.”
Alley Cat Allies determines that nationwide, 7 out of 10 cats who enter pounds and shelters are killed there.
“We urge the Borough to rethink this disastrous policy and implement Trap-Neuter-Return in its place,” Robinson said.
Alley Cat Allies is the nation’s largest advocacy group for cats, with nearly half a million supporters. They help individuals, communities, and organizations nationwide save and improve the lives of millions of cats and kittens.
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