Alley Cat Allies Addresses Federal Agency Plan to “Trap and Remove” Cats

Alley Cat Allies says a proposed plan by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to trap and remove cats in the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges will not succeed in protecting other species and will result in cats' deaths.

Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats, says the agency’s “Trap and Remove” plan is neither viable nor based on good science. 

“As animal advocates, we want what is best for all the animals of the Florida Keys,” Alley Cat Allies president Becky Robinson says. “Unfortunately, the Fish and Wildlife Service Draft Environmental Assessment is not it.”

Alley Cat Allies asserts that the agency’s plan ignores a successful and ongoing Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program just miles from the refuges in Key Largo. They argue that the plan relies on highly biased sources in criticizing TNR.

“The plan is based on a deeply flawed interpretation of TNR research, and several studies were omitted.  Similar plans by the agency have already killed feral, stray and pet cats, with no benefit whatsoever,” Robinson says.

Alley Cat Allies further states that the plan relies on “trap and remove” for cats, a plan they say is a costly and inefficient approach that has already failed in the Florida Keys and elsewhere. 

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is misleading the public by not acknowledging that the cats will be killed.  It calls it a ‘trap and remove’ plan, but trapped cats will be brought to the local shelter where they will be killed,” Robinson says.

According to Allie Cat Allies, feral cats are not socialized to people and are therefore not adoptable. Virtually 100 percent of feral cats who are brought to shelters are killed there.

To read more about Alley Cat Allies’ response to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, visit the Alley Cat Allies website.

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