THE WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS PREDATOR
There is a predator out there . . . a highly effective killing machine. In fact, studies show it kills over 24 Billion (ya, that's Billion with a "B") animals and birds EVERY YEAR.
What's more, this deadly killer is not only efficient at killing its intended targets, it also carries deadly diseases and parasites that kill or infect billions of other animals, including humans, every year.
One of the reasons this killer is so effective, and so deadly, is because it lives among us. No, its not a zombie and its not a vampire.
Its a domestic cat . . . a specific kind of domestic cat . . . a feral cat. A feral cat is a cat that really doesn't belong to anyone. In typical independent cat style, it is here today and gone tonight. Always on the prowl for something to kill. Because the cat is so efficient, many times it doesn't even eat what it kills, but it continues to kill nonetheless.
Now your legislature wants to protect these murderous killers. True.
AB 261 is a new bill that seeks to allow counties and other local governments the ability to capture, spay or neuter, and then release feral cats to what are called "feral cat colonies." Its called the Trap, Neuter Release program (or TNR for short). While no doubt motivated by well-meaning individuals, this bill will guarantee the further destruction of billions of animals, reptiles and birds every year. While a neutered cat is better than a non-neutered cat, the neutering process does nothing to remove the instinct to kill . . . and kill . . . and kill. What's more, neutering and even vaccinating the cat for rabies doesn't remove the problems of ring worms, pin worms, and a host of other parasitic problems these cats take with them on their constant travels.
The verdict is in on TNR programs -- they don't work. But its easier for governments to throw money at a problem than it is to solve it. And TNR is like digging a hole to bury it. Catching a feral cat and then returning it to a feral cat colony is to condemn billions of birds and animals to a certain death.
But don't take my word for it. Go read the scholarly articles by animal welfare groups like http://www.nature.com/nco…/journal/…/n1/full/ncomms2380.html
Lowe S., Browne M. & Boudjelas S.. 100 of the World’s Worst Invasive Alien Species: a Selection from The Global Invasive Species Database Invasive Species Specialist Group, International Union for Conservation of Nature (2000) .
The information is overwhelming. Consider the numbers of Gambles Quail, ducks, goslings, pheasants, chukar, and cottontails in Nevada that are slaughtered every year by feral cats. Then ask yourself, "Should these cats be released into feral cat colonies at taxpayer expense to continue their work of destruction?"
Vote NO on SBAB261. Go here and cast your vote for your elected officials to see how you feel about this matter:https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/78th2015/A/