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Where is the justification in culling 2,000000 Cats? -TNR - Protecting Cats + Communities.

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In 2015 - The Australian federal government announced plans for the culling of 2,000 000 cats in Australia. The citizens of Australia and (beyond) do not see the justification in simply 'culling' cats - especially considering its chosen 'unethical' - methods for culling and also considering cats were introduced into Australia and over 200 years ago and yet the federal, state and territory governments in this time, so far neglecting to implement sound, along with nationally consistent management plans - for the keeping of 'domesticated' cats eg. - "responsible" ownership = 'breeder regulation', accessible 'vetting' and 'desexing' services made available (payment options), 'Identification' and ongoing 'Education' etc. - and/ or acknowledge sustainable methods like TNR - trap, neuter and return - in relation to the management of 'urban' cat populations and the protection of communities... Until such a time...'feral' cat populations will only continue to grow..

Urban cats are those populations that were/are abandoned or lost and continue to breed in urban and peri-urban locations. Considering the feral cat strategy cannot be applied in urban environments where domesticated cats, animals and human beings reside - alternative along with humane methods need be applied.

The most humane and effective way to protect communities and manage 'urban' cat populations is through the method known as -TNR.- Trap, neuter and return - a method that is utilized to stabilize and reduce and therefore manage cat populations (+ effectively preventing - dozens/hundreds/thousands of cats from continuing to breed at those locations). The cats are monitored by selected community members and share a common food source - (these cat populations therefore having limited impacts on wildlife) – the cats are trapped, neutered, vetted and some homed (- kittens - vetted + homed) with some adults returned to the location in order to protect the communities - that reside at those locations. Cats are territorial and prevent other cat colonies from moving into these locations. So, via the process of natural attrition and avoiding the 'vacuum' effect - whereby cat colonies are well known for moving into locations and filling the void (where colonies have been removed) and where food sources exist - the welfare of communities can be protected.

It important to consider the well-being of communities when dealing with 'urban' cat populations, especially considering the fact that communities may not necessarily have the resources to continue trapping for the rest of their lives - methods like TNR - therefore an effective option designed to manage 'urban' cat populations and protect communities and should in the community’s eyes therefore be an option the government does approve.

The alternative method to TNR - in urban locations is trapping and (checking for ownership) +/or getting euthanized. The problem with trapping and getting euthanized is the dangers this process can pose on 'domesticated' cats and especially considering solid management plans for the keeping of domesticated cats - have not as yet been implemented in most states and territories in Australia. 

So, by implementing consistent management plans for the keeping of domesticated cats and managing 'urban' cat populations - with sustainable approaches like TNR - will not only help reduce feral cat populations but will also help draw a clear line in the sand in relation to clarifying the differences - (laws) between the - feral cat strategy and the management of 'domesticated' and 'urban' cat populations.

The other issues that exist in relation to trapping and getting euthanized include -The process of trapping and getting euthanized does not necessarily protect communities, considering other cat colonies may move into these locations to fill the void and the other issue in relation to trapping + getting euthanized, being that councils and the rspca are under-resourced in relation to trapping (- and could not in reality cover all areas) meaning that the onus for trapping is therefore left on all the citizens whose chosen method is trap and get euthanized - to do all the work in their communities, this not only unfair but also unrealistic considering that not all this crew may necessarily be able or bothered to do all the work in the communities.

- TNR should for these reasons therefore be an option available to concerned community members, who wish to protect their communities. How can preventing cats from continuing to breed in urban locations - not be a 'good' thing and especially considering these cats have minimal impacts on wildlife at these locations. TNR is not therefore a form of ‘abandonment’ but rather an effective method that works to protect communities, by preventing cats from continuing to breed at these locations. So by denying the community the opportunity to TNR and therefore ignoring these populations, is in the community's eyes = 'abandonment'. The community asks that TNR for the above reasons be approved by the government, as an option available to citizens, who wish to manage 'urban' cat populations and protect their communities.

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