Plus it is cruel to wildlife. The "No Kill" movement is a huge proponent of trap, neuter, and return. My first reaction to that is that we don't allow colonies of wild dogs, then why are we allowing colonies of "wild" cats? I am a proponent of trap, neuter, and RETAIN. That is rescue, not throwing out food and water to make yourself a "Savior". What I have seen in these colonies is disgusting. I see friendly cats, rubbing up against your leg. Those cats should be removed and adopted out, they aren't "feral". I've seen horrible things done to cats in these colonies by the neighborhood punks. I have seen an entire colony die within 2 weeks from disease. http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/04/14/18644737.php
Nathan Winograd talks birds, cats and Nazis
Feed stations attract wildlife, wildlife that cats kill. It attracts wildlife that brings in fleas and disease. Stations attract owned animals, causing them to cross streets, get hit, or get to a station and have fights.
All the while, we are being told that free roaming cats don't do anything, let them live, they are harmless. Not so. This article points to a recent study done and I am not surprised at the results at all. Free roaming cats are causing problems. Feline rabies is on the rise. An 8 year old girl in Northern California contracted rabies last year from a feral cat on the school grounds, she did survive.
This article points out the problems that free roaming cats are doing. http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-08-06/house-cats-kill/56831262/1 While only 30% of roaming house cats kill prey — two animals a week on average — they are still slaying more wildlife than previously believed, according to research from the University of Georgia. Wildlife advocates say it is a frightening level of feline foul play. Based on a U.S. house-cat population of 74 million, "cat predation is one of the reasons why one in three American birds species are in decline," says George Fenwick, president of American Bird Conservancy. "The previous estimates were probably too conservative because they didn't include the animals that cats ate or left behind," University of Georgia researcher Kerrie Anne Loyd says. Seeking a window into the hidden lives of cats, the researchers recruited 60 owners in the Athens, Ga., area. Each owner put a small video camera mounted on a break-away collar on the cat in the morning and let the cat out, then removed the camera and downloaded the footage each night. Each cat's activities were recorded for seven to 10 days. The cats usually spent four to six hours outside every day. The researchers worked with the National Geographic CritterCam team, which builds tiny mobile data gathering systems to study wild animal behavior. The cat cameras were the smallest they've made to date, National Geographic's Greg Marshall says.
Interesting stuff. We need to make the rescues live up to their name and stop putting other animals and the public in danger with their TNR programs. It is cruel to leave cats outside in these colonies. Then again it just points out how No Kill doesn't really care about the animals, just one more example of how they think or don't.
For more information on the reality of TNR, please go to TNRrealitycheck.com