Cumberland Times-News

February 8, 2013

Beware the consequences of eliminating all feral cats

To the Editor:
Cumberland Times-News

— Alley Cat Rescue (ACR), the international cat protection organization, urges environmentalists to act cautiously when pronouncing that they want ALL outdoor feral cats eradicated.

ACR is reacting to the latest media frenzy about cats killing birds. ACR President and TNR (trap-neuter-return) pioneer, Louise Holton, says the FWS and the Smithsonian are using scare tactics to put an end to the successful TNR programs in the U.S. where well over 1 million feral cats have been spayed and neutered.

Holton is asking the environmental community to seriously consider what happened on just two islands when they eradicated cats. Says Holton: “Marion Island and Macquarie Island both clearly show that the decisions made to eradicate cats were not wise and over time caused even more damage. Macquarie Island, in particular, was an ecological disaster.”

Denise M. Hilton

Alley Cat Rescue

Mt. Rainier