We've got a new petition that we hope you'll sign to try and protect the feral cats of Australia. If you haven't seen the recent news story about the mass culling of cats going on right now, you can read it here.
When the Australian government in 2015 announced its plan to kill 2 million cats by 2020, we were appalled just like you. We crafted a petition and wrote to the Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, and Ambassador to the U.S., Kim Beazley, to let them know about the humane solutions available for managing feral cats. While trap-neuter-return (TNR) by itself may not be enough to manage the outdoor cat population-especially in wild, unpopulated rural areas-that certainly doesn't mean we need to resort to the lethal methods being used in Australia today.
For example, exclusionary fencing can be used to create safe areas for both wildlife and cats; a government-supported spay/neuter program could greatly reduce the number of cats reproducing outside. We believe that when communities come together around principles like "no-kill," "adopt-don't-shop," and "compassionate conservation," they find ways to value and support each and every life, be it furry or feathered. The mass culling of animals is always a tragedy and never the answer.
Unfortunately, the Australian plan was put into place and hundreds of thousands of cats, if not more, have already been killed. Please take a moment to lend your voice to feral cats in Australia and sign and share our petition.
Alley Cat Rescue is leading in the way in promoting humane and compassionate care for ALL cats.