Implement sterilization & vaccination of stray cats in India

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This Petition is to urgently implement streilization and vaccination for stray cats.

The Animal Birth Control Rules, 2001  enacted under the Indian Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 (A Central Act), deals with vaccination & strelization of stray dogs. Stray cats are not included in the mandate. Cat lovers in India often lament the lack of facilities and recognition for felines as compared to their canine friends. And it is true. So of course, the stray cats get a rotten deal in the whole scheme of things. Very few people will actually make an effort or lift a finger to help a homeless cat

While the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has a dedicated programme to neuter dogs, cat spaying has never been discussed or implemented.

Castration of stray cats gives them a new lease of life as spaying cats reduces the chances of them falling ill. This increases their lifespan. They won’t reproduce and add to the number of kittens that will go on to live unhealthy, undernourished lives on the road.

Why is the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) not looking into the growing population of cats? People feed cats but why haven't they thought of strelization for these angelic creatures? Why is exorbitant fee charged to sterilize per stray cat? The fee ranges from 2,500 to 3,000 per stray cat! That too cat lovers have to trap them all by themselves. If an ambulance is called for this purpose the NGO's demand huge fee. But for dogs is free of cost!! The Government and the competent authorities should make sterilization and vaccination for stray cats compulsory and free of cost.

Trap-neuter-return (TNR) is a type of program through which free-roaming cats are trapped, sterilized (males are castrated and females undergo ovo-hysterectomies), and returned to the outdoor locations where they were found. TNR is the most widely implemented method of managing cat populations. The main goal of a TNR program is the reduction of the stray cat population; other goals may include but are not limited to increased adoption rates, increased cat health, increased cat quality of life, and improved human-cat interaction.

All sterilized cats have tipped ears. This makes it possible for caretakers to differentiate between cats that have already been sterilized vs. the ones that have not been sterilized yet.

As India being a developing country cannot afford shelter homes for abandoned homeless kittens and stray cats, the only feasible and intelligent solution is to spay/neuter them. Since one unsterilised female cat and her mate can produce 12 kittens per year, these surgeries prevent 612 kittens from a dangerous life on the streets!

The other reasons for raising this concern urging the Government to start free sterilization and vaccination for stray cats is the risk of :

• Rabies

• Skin allergies

• Flea borne typus infection

•Public Nuisance issues of overpopulation of stray cats.

•Salmonellosis: A bacterial infection that causes diarrhea

•Bartonellosis: Also known as cat scratch disease

•Toxoplasmosis: Spread to humans via contact with cat feces

Campylobacterosis: Another diarrhea causing organism.

Therefore, TNR ie Trap Netur and Return Please come together and sign this petition for the ones who cannot speak for themselves and are dying a painful death due to no rule being implememted for them.