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No Easy Answers on Feral Cats, Say Easton Officials.

Strays are problem, but Easton city council says passing a law against feeding them may not be the solution.

Feral cats may be a problem in Easton, but there's no easy solution for dealing with them, city officials said Tuesday.

Councilman Jeff Warren commission after getting complaints from residents about stray cats in their neighborhood. He worries about the cats creating a health hazard.

Council members say it's an issue in every part of the city, but were cool to Warren's initial suggestion: an ordinance prohibiting people from feeding stray cats. Warren agrred that it would be difficult to enforce.

"We have signs down at the park, 'Don’t feed the geese,'" said city administrator Glenn Steckman. "But every Sunday, you'll probably be able to go down there, and find people feeding the geese."

At the very least, enforcing the law could be a public relations mess, suggested Vice Mayor Elinor Warner.

"There's also the visual of some old women handing out a treat to a kitty, then a cop comes and fines her," she said.

At one time, the city used a trap-neuter-release program through the local animal shelter, which has since been discontinued due to a lack of funding. The Center for Animal Health and Welfare is a no-kill shelter, which there's less space to put strays from the city.

The solution, council members say, could be to encourage people to not feed stray cats, while also finding a way to develop more spay neutering program.

"To nip it in the bud, you would have needed to nip it 50 years ago," Warner said.

Albert D October 14, 2011 at 01:56 AM
On advice of the sheriff, I was able to rid my land of ALL these INVASIVE-SPECIES cats with a .22. Cats annihilated the native food-chain for ALL native wildlife. Destroying not only all the prey that their cats disemboweled and cruelly tortured for play-toys, but all the predators that depended on that prey, starving all native predators to death as well. This is even a more humane method when done right than terrorizing trapping and animal-shelter methods. One moment they are stalking defenseless animals to cruelly torture again, the next they are dead and don't even know what happened. Making your land 100% cat-free is something cat advocates haven't been able to solve nation-wide for 30-40 years. Only 1 person was able to accomplish what they couldn't attain in decades. Why is that? It's also been over a year since, guess how many replaced them. NONE. Another flat-out TNR LIE. NATIVE wildlife and NATIVE predators THAT BELONG HERE replaced them! It's time for you all to grow-up and grow a spine and do what needs to be done. If it's not legal by you then use the "SSS Cat Management Program", Shoot, Shovel, and Shut-Up. Legal everywhere. It may be the only thing that saves us from this ecological disaster caused by spineless and ignorant lawmakers, as well as all the heartless and disrespectful cat-advocates that they defend. Don't waste your time arguing with ignorant cat-lovers either, as I stupidly tried to do for 15 years. Just do what needs to be done FIRST.
Albert D October 14, 2011 at 01:57 AM
Cats listed in THE TOP 100 WORST INVASIVE-SPECIES OF THE WORLD in the "Global Invasive-Species Database": http://www.issg.org/database/species/ecology.asp?si=24&fr=1&sts=sss Cats are _NOT_ exempt from invasive-species laws. IT IS YOUR CIVIC AND MORAL RESPONSIBILITY TO DESTROY ANY INVASIVE-SPECIES WHEN FOUND AWAY FROM SAFE CONFINEMENT AND OUT IN A NON-NATIVE HABITAT. In fact, it is against the law to NOT destroy an invasive-species on-site. Since cats are genetically engineered through selective-breeding and no longer have ANY native habitat ANYWHERE on earth, these laws include cats. This is precisely how they are dealt with on my own land, destroyed by using any and all humane methods** (see note). For an example of how invasive-species laws are properly followed and enforced: It is highly illegal for a person to transport an African Cichlid fish species to just the other side the road if you catch one in the canals of the Everglades when fishing. THEY MUST BE DESTROYED ON-SITE. Yet Cichlids are often kept as pets, that's how they wrongly got into the canals to begin with. There are hefty fines in place for anyone found transporting these invasive-species alive if caught in the wild. (Interestingly, these Cichlids are FAR FAR LESS damaging to the environment and all other native wildlife than ANY cat.)
Albert D October 14, 2011 at 02:00 AM
All of this to the dismay of criminally irresponsible cat-lovers who are desperately trying to raise these invasive-species cats to some absurd level of "Community Cats". If they do that then I'll just raise "Community Pet Piranha" and release them in all your lakes and pools, or "Community Pet Black-Mambas" and release them in all your backyards and parks, then claim the exact same protections for them as cat-advocates want for their invasive-species cats. It'd only be fair! Are you starting to see just how absurd and ludicrous these cat-advocates are yet? ** (Though to be perfectly honest, considering how cats cruelly destroy other animals by ripping their skins off or disemboweling for slowly dying and twitching cats' play-toys, I'm not sure why cats should have the privilege of a humane death. I've been drawn to many animal screams in my woods to find their cats shredding another animal; which I had to quickly put that animal out of its misery caused by that cat. I guess I'm just more humane than all cat-lovers and their cats, that's why their cats get shot and die instantly instead of equitably tortured to death. If cat-advocates want REAL justice for their cats then any cat found outdoors would have to be cruelly tortured the same way their cats torture all other animals -- something that I couldn't do. Maybe that's why TNR-advocates don't mind that their cats slowly die of "attrition" -- by disease, attacks, exposure, starvation, road-kill, etc., on ad-infinauseum.)
Chauncey Howell December 06, 2011 at 11:59 AM
"Criminally irresponsible cat-lovers". Crazy cat ladies. I wish them all Cat Scratch Fever, bartonella, and mange. Right on! Albert D. I grew up in a household with a dog and three cats. It wasn't until I grew up that my friends would admit to me that they didn't like to play at our house because it smelled of "cat piss." Check out your cat-crazy friends and relatives: they all are walking the walk, slinking the slink, and smelling the smell: they are becoming cats. They should choke on furballs.
nunya Business November 24, 2012 at 04:03 AM
AMEN!

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