Proposed feral cat ordinance is cruel

If Minneapolis really wants to do right by feral cats, it will kill the proposed ordinance legalizing trap/neuter/return (TNR) faster and more humanely than TNR kills cats (“City Council considering ordinance legalizing feral cat colonies,”8-23-13).

It’s cruel to even suggest re-abandoning cats on the streets of Minneapolis, where snow falls seven months of the year on average. In addition to freezing temperatures, feral cats face being hit by cars, infected with deadly contagious diseases, and attacked by other animals or cruel people, among other dangers. Even a TNR proponent quoted in the Journal admits that the average lifespan of a feral cat in Minnesota is just five years, far shorter than that of so-called “domesticated cats,” a misnomer because feral cats ARE domesticated cats. The only difference between ferals and the cats we share our homes with is that the former have been abandoned and betrayed.

Those who truly care about feral cats oppose sentencing them to a short, miserable life on the streets. Limited resources would  much more effectively be spent on spaying and neutering ALL cats and sheltering cats whose guardians can no longer care for them.

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