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Letter: PETA is opposed to trap-neuter release

Teresa Chagrin
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Norfolk, Virginia

Please allow me to clarify that PETA is opposed to trap-neuter-release (TNR), contrary to the implication made by columnist Ross Talbott (“On misguided, so-called animal lovers,” 2-2-15).

So-called “feral” cats are genetically identical to the cats we share our homes with. They are not super-felines who can survive extreme cold, car accidents, starvation, dehydration, deadly contagious diseases, parasite infestations, attacks by cruel people and more. The lifespans of cats left outside to fend for themselves are a fraction of those of cats who are kept safe indoors.

Mr. Talbott is right to be concerned about free-roaming cats’ impact on wildlife, which is another reason PETA opposes TNR. Cats are not native and do not fit into the predator-prey ecosystem. Native wildlife is ill-equipped to deal with the large concentration of predators that comes with a feral cat colony.

The only humane solution to the homeless-cat crisis is to crack down on people who abandon cats and to require that all cat guardians have their feline companions spayed and neutered and keep them indoors.

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