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"Following a referral from the Minister for the Environment, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, the Committee [of the Parliament of Australia] resolved on 18 June 2020 to conduct an inquiry into the PROBLEM of feral and domestic cats in Australia."
The word "problem" should tell you everything you need to know about the government's position regarding cats.
"The Committee is accepting written submissions, addressing one or more of the terms of reference, to be received by Thursday, 30 July 2020." Read more here
Here's a news article from 'The Victor Harbor Times' (June 23,2020) which completely summarizes the Australian situation. It's titled, "National feral and domestic cat inquiry to investigate impact of 'predatory carnivores'. You can read it here.
IN ADDITION TO KILLING CATS OUTRIGHT, ONE OF THEIR OBJECTIVES IS "GENE DRIVE TECHNOLOGY."
A battle line has been drawn between those who love, and those who hate, feral cats.
Although the pro/con war regarding community cats has been going on for years, the ‘cons’ have a new weapon in their arsenal, and I fear that it will only be a matter of time until the nut-jobs try to bring it to a neighborhood near you.
THE HATERS HAVE A NEW, DEADLY WEAPON IN THEIR ARSENAL
Using the more violent feral cats of Kangaroo Island, Australia as a handy excuse, a device is now in use with one purpose - to kill cats. The device called the ‘Felixer’ detects the shape of a cat and sprays poison gel onto it’s fur. Taking advantage of a cat’s natural instinct to groom itself, the cat licks the gel and dies.
The same deadly tactics will be coming to the community/feral neighborhood cats near you very soon. Why? Because there is money to be made selling the killing devices, and the haters will do ANYTHING to get their way.
5/29/20 "Researches at the University of New South Wales have successfully trialled the Felixer device, which targets feral cats and shoots a poison gel onto their fur. The pests [cats] then lick the gel off their coat and die.
5/28/20 "A feral cat management device that uses lasers and sensors to specifically target cats has been shown to be effective in a field trial in remote South Australia. The device, called a Felixer, seems to work where others have failed because rather than targeting cats through food, it takes advantage of cats’ Achilles’ heel – their fastidiousness in cleaning. The automated device sprays a measured dose of poison onto the fur of cats when they pass within 4 meters [13 feet], which the cats then ingest when they lick themselves during grooming." - scimex
5/28/20 "The Felixer is a box the size of a storage crate that is equipped with an infrared camera, four laser sensors and 20 poison canisters. Only when lasers are tripped in a particular way does it register the presence of a cat and fires poison gel." “All the cats that we were aware of that passed in front of a Felixer during the trial and got squirted – they all died,” Dr Moseby says. “And the ones that didn't die were the ones that didn't go in front of the Felixer. So if we'd left the traps there longer, we could have potentially eradicated cats from the area.” - Newsroom - UNSW Sydney
5/28/20 "The renowned cleanliness of cats could be their downfall in the latest attempt to rid them from the Australian outback. Scientists have developed a sensor device that can recognise a passing cat and squirt poison on its fur. The animal then dies after licking the substance. A six-week trial of the Felixer showed that it did not confuse felines with other creatures and never missed its target." - TheTimes
5/28/20 "A device that uses lasers and poison gel to kill feral cats and foxes has been successfully trailed at an outback animal conservation reserve. The Felixer can detect feral animals that walk past and will shoot them with poison gel, which the animals then lick off, causing the poison to be ingested." - abc.net.au/news
6/3/20 The Felixer was 100 percent accurate in its identification of cats in the most recent study. “All the cats that we were aware of that passed in front of a Felixer during the trial and got squirted – they all died,” Moseby said. That represents 33 cats, or about two-thirds of the local feral cat population at the trial site eradicated within six weeks." - itnews
While outwardly proclaiming to have moral standards supporting community cats, one Facebook group has refused/declined to address the horrible situation about this cat killing machine.
Of all cat Facebook groups, you would think that one called the Trap-Neuter-Return Community (Community Cats United, Inc.) would be up in arms after reading this important story.
You would think that, because the very future of TNR is threatened by a machine like the Felixer’, these people would instantly recognize the danger ahead and act accordingly.
You would think that the Community Cats United Fb group would lead the charge against such a terrible device and follow through on their stated mission of caring for community cats.
Community Cats United represents over 24,000 cat lovers worldwide, yet they refused/declined to post a reference to this significant story in their group. It seems as if Director/Founder Beth Frank and admins Regina Galati, Rae Bitner and Rox Heffren are hiding this worldwide-impacting story from their group members. "We don't allow recruiting [group] members to pages other than ours."
In refusing the post they are essentially throwing their hat in the ring in favor of the cat killers. If you are a member of Community Cats United what do you think of them now?
5/19/20 Letters to the Editor - "I had no idea that our Maui County Council not only condoned animal cruelty but is trying to put it into law." "Council Member Riki Hokama presented a bill to outlaw the feeding of all feral cats and the council actually passed it. Not only is this outright massive animal cruelty to starve thousands of cats but it will cause all these cats to hunt for their food, thus creating major endangerment to the wild bird population." The Maui News
5/29/20 Letters to the Editor - "As the national programs director for Neighborhood Cats, a nonprofit with a chapter on Maui, I completely agree with the sentiment in the letter to the editor published May 19 that banning the feeding of outdoor cats would be cruel, poor policy and ineffective." "But I do want to point out the bill has not yet passed the County Council. It has been introduced by Council Member Riki Hokama and is under consideration in the committee he chairs, Healthy Families and Communities. There is still time to stop this and, by contacting your council members and telling them what you think, we will." - The Maui News
5/30/20 Letters to the Editor - "On the subject of the (proposed) new ordinance against feral cats, I remember, as I’m sure many others do, the last time the county decided to get rid of the feral cats. Within a year, there were rats everywhere. They ran on our roofs and even ate through drywall in our homes." - The Maui News
5/5/20 "Our Community Cat Rescue is working on rescuing more than 45 cats from a rural property in Clackamas County. The Gladstone-based nonprofit organization last month found out through social media about the cats needing homes, and the nonprofit's volunteers discovered that a caregiver had moved without making arrangements for them." - CanbyHerald
3/30/2020 "When B.C. eventually sees the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may see a lot more feral cats roaming around. BC SPCA said the province already has an issue with pet overpopulation - and particularly with cats. But Kathy Powelson, executive director of the Paws for Hope Animal Foundation, said she expects to see even more of an increase of feral animals." - 604 NOW
4/4/2020 "There are hundreds of cats which could starve to death as they are locked into building parking areas, behind gates of commercial and private buildings and passages around the city. That was the stark reality on the plight of feral cats during the Covid-19 lockdown described by advocate Andre Stokes, who, with advocate Damien Bond, secured a last-minute high court order on behalf of non-profit organisation, Cats of Durban, for feral cat colonies to still be fed during the 21-day lockdown period." - iolNEWS
3/29/2020 "Dear Cathy: I live in a 55-and-older community. Last year, we had about 20 feral cats roaming the complex. People here are boarding them up under trailers so they can’t get out. Several have talked about killing them. I was threatened with major fines because I gave two kittens that stayed in my yard food and water after they came to my door crying. I probably shouldn’t have fed them, but I could tell they were starving. What can I do or who can I contact to help?" - tucson.com
3/26/2020 "With the complications of our ‘new normal’ created by countries and states going into strict quarantine due to COVID-19, many who care for feral cats are worried. One issue is whether a colony caregiver can physically even get to the cats who depend on them. Another is whether caregivers can remain virus-free and alive. Now picture no more TNR services." - PoC
Whether deemed feral or stray, abandoned or free roaming, community cats deserve our care, support and respect - just as any other cat does. They are not responsible for their misfortune of being homeless. Please help them if you can.
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12/23/2019 "On the outskirts of suburban Jakarta, housewife Dita Agusta lives with more than 250 cats she has taken in off the streets, creating a shelter for the animals she hopes will one day be adopted." - Reuters
11/15/2019 VIDEO: "A couple in Sneads Ferry is doing their part to reduce the feral cat population, and they are asking for community members to help. Stacy and Justin Pettit are making homemade shelters for the cats and placing them around Sneads Ferry. The Pettits catch the feral cats and take them to the vet to spay, neuter and vaccinate them." - WCTI12
"Since its founding 27 years ago, The Cat House on the Kings has saved over 30,000 cats and 7,100 dogs (not counting the 56,000 animals they have spayed and neutered!) and currently cares for more than 700 cats and kittens, a dozen or so dogs and dozens of peacocks." - Cat House on the Kings
6/28/20 "Two years ago, a ginger and white cat showed up at Laurie Olson’s back door. Olson lives in Kings Court, a community of manufactured homes on Lafranier Road. Her house is on the west side of the neighborhood, not far from a steep hill anchored with maple, oak and birch trees that backs up to Keystone Road. Olson, a self-described cat lover, already had two indoor cats and wasn’t looking for a third." - Record-Eagle
3/19/2020 "According to Professor Tomoji Onozuka, who has studied the conditions of feral cats in various global locations, the world can be divided clearly into places where feral cats exist and places where they don’t. Are feral cats or pet cats happier? Are humans happier with feral cats or a feral-cat free world? This economic historian, who has a corner reserved for cat books on his bookshelf, explores a difficult issue that transcends the realm of economic history." - UTokyo FOCUS
3/6/2020 VIDEo: "One man from Utah has been protecting stray cats from the cold by recycling old coolers into makeshift shelters. Philip Rogich first began his labor of love back in November as a means of providing some extra comfort to the feral felines around his home community of Ogden." - Good News Network
3/1/2020 "Los Angeles is a city of cat lovers inside a nation of cat lovers. In the United States, one in three households has a cat. Our affection for felines also leaves many of us with a soft spot for the neighborhood cats who live outside in our communities. People often adopt friendly ones into their homes, leave food out for them and engage in endless acts of kindness toward unsocialized, free-roaming — also known as feral — cats." - PasadenaStarNews
2/26/2020 "Tens of thousands of feral cats are living in towns across the Garden State, and efforts are being ramped up to limit their numbers. Feral cats often slink around like small tigers and they can look menacing, but Emma Dolan, the director of the St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center Trap-Neuter-Return program, said you have nothing to worry about. “They’re certainly not an animal to be fearful of. If you keep your distance from them, they will keep their distance from you," she said." - NewJersey101.5
2/11/2020 "A program by the Lafayette Consolidated Government seeks to relocate sterilized, vaccinated and unsocialized cats who would otherwise have been euthanized at the shelter and place them with employers who have problems with rats." - KLFY.com
1/25/2020 "New Yorkers can gain the knowledge and skills needed to help the feral and stray community cats in their area at a free Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) certification workshop hosted by Bideawee, one of the country’s oldest and most respected animal welfare and pet adoption organizations." - Patch
1/24/2020 "A cat isn’t just a cat — it’s a responsibility. And with wild cats becoming more and more of a problem in local communities, animal activists are working harder than ever to meet the problem head-on in a humane and effective way." - Rome Sentinel
1/24/2020 "If the SPCA develops a social and educational role that teaches kindness and compassion towards vulnerable animals, a really good place to start is with cats, especially the stray and feral felines. God knows it’s much needed. Over the last four decades, I, always a cat enthusiast, have observed callous disregard, and sometimes even contempt, exhibited by individual people and the collective community toward these often suffering sentient beings." - North Thompson Star/Jornal
12/22/2019 "The alleys, parks and vacant lots of this country are alive with so many stray and feral cats that we don’t even know the precise number. Thirty-two million, says one estimate; triple that, another. The felines are the offspring of pets we didn’t bother to “fix,” the animals we adopted then dumped or left behind." - Los Angeles Times
12/19/2019 "Are there cats in your neighborhood? Have you noticed new or unowned cats outside? Do you feed or care for cats who are living outside? Do you see a cat in need? The cats you are seeing are community cats. They are cats that live outdoors – sometimes called feral cats, alley cats, street cats, Tomcats, strays, or outdoor cats." - Charlestown Patriot-Bridge
12/18/2019 VIDEO: "A group of neighbors in Illinois decided to convert old coolers into homes for feral cats. They also dipped into their savings and retirement funds to take the cats to the vet and help find them loving homes. Gayle Magnuson said they've found homes for 30 cats in the past few months." - abc7chicago.com
12/18/2019 "There is nothing in the wild that protects feral cats from the harsh realities of winter. They don't hibernate or store food for the winter. As domesticated animals, they are utterly dependent on humans to survive. If you're seeing feral cats in the spring, it's because some kind soul was quietly taking care of them, providing them with food, water and, most importantly, shelter from the cold." - Newsday
12/15/2019 "A concerned citizen recently reached out to Parsippany Focusafter a feral cat colony she was feeding seemingly vanished. While the colony is no longer evident at the location where they previously had been, reaching out to Parsippany Animal Control resulted in a statement being made by the Parsippany Police. Essentially, it reiterates the town’s spring 2019 ordinance permitting trap, neuter and release (TNR), while operating within certain guidelines." - ParsippanyFocus
12/13/2019 "Metro East Sanitary District hired dozens of “employees” earlier this year, all eager and hungry to take care of rodent problems. “We have found them jobs, working and keeping down the rodent population plaguing the levee system,” MESD Director Stephen Adler said. Six months ago, MESD adopted dozens of feral cats from Metro East Humane Society’s Working Cat Program to help with its infestation of moles, voles and other burrowing animals along its levee system." - AdvantageNews.com
12/6/2019 "Imagine living in a world where you never know where you next meal will come from, or where you will find shelter from the elements. Imagine being sick and there is no one to help, or your water source comes from a dirty mud puddle. Imagine being ready to give birth and having to find a safe place to have your babies. This is the life of a feral cat." - TheCounty
12/1/2019 "As a student of environmental science, I agree with Mr. Connell [George Connell: “Please keep cats indoors”] that the decline in native bird populations is heartbreaking. I disagree that keeping cats indoors is a viable and just solution. I claim this because bird population decline cannot be pinned solely on cat-related deaths, and cats deserve to explore the outdoors." - Greenfield Recorder
11/27/2019 "People who allow their cats to roam outdoors are actually breaking European rules on nature protection, Trouw reported on Wednesday. A paper by Tilburg university environmental law professors Arie Trouwborst and Han Somsen in the Journal of Environmental Law argues that the domestic cat (Felix Catus) is posing a serious threat to some 370 species in the Netherlands. Under the European Bird and Habitat Directives countries have a legal obligation to protect wildlife, so allowing cats to roam and kill is illegal, the researchers say." DutchNews.nl
11/27/2019 "Letting cats roam freely outdoors should be forbidden due to their negative impact on birds and other wildlife, an article in the Journal for Environmental Law published on Wednesday argues. Over the last fifteen years, scientific studies have highlighted that cats are one of the most environmentally damaging predators on Earth. Blah, Blah, Blah - The Brussels Times
11/27/2019 "Free-ranging domestic cats (Felis catus) impact biodiversity through predation, disturbance, competition, disease and hybridisation. Scientific knowledge regarding these impacts has recently increased. This article interprets the European Union (EU) Birds and Habitats Directives (Nature Directives) in light of this knowledge. The outcome indicates that various obligations in the Directives, particularly concerning Natura 2000 sites and the generic protection of birds and other species, have significant implications for the management of free-ranging domestic cats. Regarding (unowned) stray and feral cats, these must be removed or controlled when they pose a threat to protected species and/or sites. Regarding (owned) pet and farm cats, the Nature Directives require EU Member States to ensure that letting cats roam free outdoors is forbidden and effectively prevented." - Journal of Environmental Law
11/18/2019 "Looking around neighborhoods in Fort Collins, you might notice some furry rule-breakers: outdoor cats. While outdoor cats seem like part of life for many, the city's municipal code outlaws cats, along with all other pets, from roaming unrestrained. But it's a bit more complicated than that. While outdoor cats are illegal within city limits, the Larimer County code does allow for cats to roam freely. "You have so many more people ... so many more dangers animals can face in the actual city versus unincorporated Larimer County," said Tylor Starr, spokesperson for the Larimer Humane Society." - Coloradoan
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