The Western Governors’ Association (WGA) recently released a list of the “Top 50 Invasive Species in the West”. Somehow feral cats were ranked 13th out of the top 25 terrestrial invasive species in the West. WGA specifies that all feral cats, including cats who have been trap-neuter-returned, are included on the list.
WGA has been supportive of lethal eradication plans for invasive species and says, “Programs for the control and/or eradication of invasive species must result in more on-the-ground prevention, management and eradication.” Eradication programs continually fail to manage cat overpopulation and inhumanely kill one of our country’s most beloved animals.
A study by Faunalytics in 2015 found that 68% of people support TNR for managing community cats while only 24% support eradication. Why is the WGA ignoring the will of the people and scientific studies showing the effectiveness of TNR? ACR has seen firsthand the positive effect TNR can have. Last year, our TNR program and spay/neuter clinic helped reduce cat intake at the Prince George’s County Animal Shelter by 18% and euthanasia rates by 38% in our targeted area.
Sign our petition to tell WGA that cats are not an invasive species today: https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/841/456/513/
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