Alley Cat Allies Addresses Federal Agency Plan to “Trap and Remove” Cats

Alley Cat Allies says a proposed plan by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to trap and remove cats in the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges will not succeed in protecting other species and will result in cats' deaths.

Posted: February 10, 2011, 3:00 a.m. EST

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According to Alley Cat Allies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Environmental Assessment is based on flawed science and would result in cats’ deaths.
Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats, says the agency's “Trap and Remove” plan is neither viable nor based on good science. 

“As animal advocates, we want what is best for all the animals of the Florida Keys,” Alley Cat Allies president Becky Robinson says. “Unfortunately, the Fish and Wildlife Service Draft Environmental Assessment is not it.”

Alley Cat Allies asserts that the agency’s plan ignores a successful and ongoing Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program just miles from the refuges in Key Largo. They argue that the plan relies on highly biased sources in criticizing TNR.

“The plan is based on a deeply flawed interpretation of TNR research, and several studies were omitted.  Similar plans by the agency have already killed feral, stray and pet cats, with no benefit whatsoever,” Robinson says.

Alley Cat Allies further states that the plan relies on “trap and remove” for cats, a plan they say is a costly and inefficient approach that has already failed in the Florida Keys and elsewhere. 

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is misleading the public by not acknowledging that the cats will be killed.  It calls it a ‘trap and remove’ plan, but trapped cats will be brought to the local shelter where they will be killed,” Robinson says.

According to Allie Cat Allies, feral cats are not socialized to people and are therefore not adoptable. Virtually 100 percent of feral cats who are brought to shelters are killed there.

To read more about Alley Cat Allies’ response to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, visit the Alley Cat Allies website.

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Maria    Vestal, NY

2/16/2013 6:44:34 PM

Alley Cas Allies has a great thing going with jts TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release) program. But in some fragile habitats, where there are small birds and rodents found nowhere else, a Trap, Neuter, RELOCATE program might be a better choice. Cats, as beautiful and intelligent as we know they are, are PREDATORS. especially in their natural state. Highly adaptable and prolific, they have been a notorious part of man's "wrecking crew" that colonized distant lands during the ages of discovery, exploration and invasion. Rats, mice, rabbits, cats, goats, pigeons,starlings and English sparrows have out-competed native wildlife for food, safety and nesting space. To preserve biodiversity, there are many places where feral cats must be removed, along with the other animals I mentioned. If Alley Cat Allies can cooperate with the scientists and accimplish this task humanely and without killing the kitties, then more power to them!

Kat    Miami, FL

2/11/2011 5:59:07 PM

I need to know more about exactly WHERE in the Keys this is? I haven't heard about it and I live here. There is a no-kill (I believe)shelter in Key Largo, but the Keys are pretty long and cover a wide area, so to just say "the Keys" is misleading. Depending on where these cat colonies are, for the cats' sake it might be better than drowning in a hurricane.

Pat    Omaha, NE

2/11/2011 6:05:55 AM

The government, as usual, screws it up.

Anon    City, CA

2/10/2011 7:17:19 PM

Why won't Government agencies accept the fact that TNR is a great program that should be utilized in situations like this? Cats and birds survived and evolved over millions of years without human interference. I am sure that they are still able to adapt and survive. Why do humans insist on killing as the answer to problems?

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