Trap and return of stray cats fraught with difficulties in Moreland

Moreland Leader; 25 JUN 12  BY TESSA HOFFMAN

ANIMAL experts say trap-neuter-return is fraught with complexities and is illegal in Australia.

Centre for Companion Animal Health professor Jacquie Rand said the practice was illegal in Australia “because unowned cats are considered pests and it is illegal to release a pest”.

A 2011 RSPCA report found the strategy may breach Victoria’s Domestic Animal Act 1994 and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986.

The research report found in some cases it was expensive, failed to reduce stray cat populations and posed a threat to wildlife.

Veterinary Association state president Dr Susan Maastricht said stray cats were a “suppository of disease”.

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6 responses to “Trap and return of stray cats fraught with difficulties in Moreland

  1. companionanimalnews

    One reader comment: “what total rubbish. All countries all over the world have been doing TNR for over 60 years with great sucess. I have never read such ill informed and scaremongering ever over such a simple solution. Trap, Neuter and return is the only answer to our semi owned and feral cats. These cat have a role to play in our eco cycle and their roll is to reduce the rat, mice and rabbit populations. We have been told to bait for everything and we are poisoning out landscape and our wildlife. We are the ones that have killed off our city and country wildlife as we have demolished all our land scape for houses and farms. We encourage our people to bait for everything which in turns baits our wildlife, insects and frogs and lizards. We do not plant bird friendly trees and shrubs for our birds and bees…what wildlife. No wonder people dislike cats they are an easy scapgoat for the stupidy of our wildlife carers with their loosing battle. Return the eco system use nature. Use TNR”

    • Cats have NO “role to play in our eco-cycle”. The balance of nature was firmly established before you brought your MAN-MADE INVASIVE-SPECIES CATS into the picture.

      Cats are a man-made species. Genetically engineered through selective breeding. No different than some insect that was genetically engineered in a lab somewhere — that, once released out into nature, would destroy all native wildlife in every ecosystem where it can survive and thrive — JUST AS CATS DO. From smallest of prey to the top predators that are starved-out from cats destroying their only food sources. (Just as they did on my own land.) And as such, cats being a product of man’s intervention, are no less of a man-made environmental disaster than any oil-spill, radiation-fallout, chemical-spill, or other environmental disaster caused by man. Cats are NOT EXEMPT from having to be removed from every natural environment wherever they are found away from supervised confinement. Just as you would do all you can to remove Zebra Mussels from any waterway where they don’t belong and Burmese Pythons from every habitat where they exist in N. America today. Burmese Pythons started out as pets too, but they are being killed on-site and on-sight, just as unsupervised cats need to be destroyed just as rapidly. (And ARE being killed on-sight by those that actually care about their planet. Apparently you do not.)

      Releasing cats onto the land is no different than an oil-spill that must be cleaned up before it destroys even MORE valuable native wildlife.

      Wait, I take that back, there IS a difference between outdoor cats and oil-spills. Oil-spills only destroy native wildlife on coastlines. Cats destroy valuable native wildlife in every last ecosystem where they are found — including valuable marine mammals that are now dying off from run-off from the land carrying cats’ Toxoplasma gondii parasites’ oocysts. So cats are even a worse man-made ecological disaster than an oil-spill — one of continent-sized proportion including all their coastal regions — on all continents of the world today.

      • companionanimalnews

        Quite interesting what you say woodsman. I fear everything you say applies to us as We hardly have a record in keeping things as they were. Should we be exterminated as well? ( PS I happen to agree that feral cats should not be part of our bush environment)

      • @companionanimalnews

        You said, “I fear everything you say applies to us as”


        Here’s my standard issue prepared reply for bible-home-schooled people like you:

        Homo sapiens is NOT an invasive species ANYWHERE. Since humans have the genetic code to give them the capability to travel/migrate to ANY part of the globe, this means they are native to any area they can travel to on their own. Just like birds that have this capability and can travel to different continents and islands. Those that have the flight-range required to do so are NATIVE to those areas that they are capable of traveling to ON THEIR OWN.

        (And for the love of all that’s good in the world, PLEASE don’t display your further ignorance and stupidity by trying to claim that Europeans, Native Americans, and Asians are different “species”. That’s usually your next huge omelet-on-the-face move that you astoundingly ignorant fools make.)

        Whereas, an animal genetically engineered through selective breeding, such as CATS, are NOT AN INDIGENOUS SPECIES ANYWHERE. Someone once kept a “pet” bee one time. He too selectively bred this “pet”. After he selectively bred it it was called an Africanized Bee. It accidentally escaped his supervised confinement, and look what happened. Luckily for us they’re’ not destroying the complete food-chain in every ecosystem where they are found today, are limited in their range, and they’re not spreading many deadly diseases to all humans and wildlife — you know, all those fun things that these domesticated-species cats do.


    FACT: Trap & Kill failed because cats cannot be trapped faster than they exponentially breed out of control.

    FACT: Trap & Sterilize (TNR) is an even bigger abject failure because these man-made ecological disasters cannot be trapped faster than they exponentially breed out of control, and they also continue the cruelly annihilate all native wildlife (from the smallest of prey up to the top predators that are starved to death), and the cats continue to spread many deadly diseases that they carry today — FOR WHICH THERE ARE NO VACCINES AGAINST THEM. Many of which are even listed as bioterrorism agents. (Such as Tularemia and The Plague — Yes, people have already died from cat-transmitted plague in the USA. No fleas nor rats even required. The cats themselves carry and transmit the plague all on their own.)

    FACT: THERE IS ABSOLUTELY *NOTHING* HUMANE ABOUT TNR. Every last TNR cat dies a cruel and heinous death; under the wheels of a car, from other cat and animal attacks, finding environmental poisons, starvation, dehydration, heat exhaustion, freezing to death, infections, incurable diseases, parasites, etc., etc. And if very very lucky being humanely shot to death or re-trapped and humanely drowned (the two most common methods often employed on all farms and ranches to protect their gestating livestock’s offspring and valuable native wildlife dying from cats’ Toxoplasmosis parasites). The only difference in destroying them immediately and humanely instead of trapping and sterilizing them first — then releasing them to the fate of an inhumane death — is that some money isn’t going into an HSUS or SPCA board-member’s pocket, veterinarian’s pocket, cat-food company CEO’s pocket, or a drug-company CEO’s pocket. And that’s the ONLY difference!

    FACT: Hunted To Extinction (or in this case, extirpation of all outdoor cats) is the ONLY method that is faster than a species like cats can exponentially out-breed and out-adapt to. Especially a man-made invasive-species like these cats that can breed 2-4X’s faster than any naturally occurring cat-species.

    FACT: Alley Cat ALL-LIES of NYC have only managed to reduce the number of feral cats in their own city by 0.08% to 0.024% (and as the months go on that percentage becomes even more insignificant), thereby allowing more than 99.92% to 99.976% to continually and exponentially breed out of control. Here’s how Alley-Cat-ALL-LIES’ deceptive math works: If you TNR 4 cats and 3 die from being flattened by cars, this translates to a 75% reduction of feral-cats worldwide. Alley Cat ALL-LIES can’t even reduce the number of feral cats in their own city, yet they promote it as a worldwide solution. Then even bigger fools fall for it and promote it.

    FACT: When researching all the most “successful” TNR programs around the globe, JUST ONE OF THEM has managed to trap more than 0.4% of cats in their area. Oregon’s amazing 50,000 TNR’ed cats (the highest rate I found) is only 4.9% of all feral-cats in their state. Yet, by applying advanced population growth calculus on the unsterilized 95.1% of cats, they will have trapped only 0.35% of all feral-cats in their state sometime this year. <0.4% is a far cry from the required 80%-90% to be the least bit effective.

    FACT: Their mythical "vacuum effect" is a 100% LIE. A study done by the Texas A&M University proved that any perceived "vacuum" is just the simple case that CATS ATTRACT CATS. Get rid of them all and there's no cats there to attract more. I proved this myself by shooting and burying hundreds of them on my own land. ZERO cats replaced them FOR OVER 2 YEARS NOW. If you want more cats, keep even one of them around, more will find you. That university study also found that sterilized cats very poorly defend any territory. Non-sterilized cats, being more aggressive, take over the sterilized cats' resources (shelter & food if any). If there is any kind of "vacuum effect" at all, it is that sterilizing cats cause non-sterilized cats to restore the reproductive void.

    FACT: During all this investigation I have discovered something that is unfaltering without fail. Something that you can bet your very life on and win every last time. That being — IF A TNR CAT-HOARDER IS TALKING THEN THEY ARE LYING. 100% guaranteed!

  3. Here’s another “fun” aspect of TNR that few seem to be aware of?

    Not long ago I learned that TNR cat-hoarders practice a form of “TNR-On-A-Budget” (my name for it). TNR cat-hoarders who want to keep feeding their cats but can’t afford all that tedious mucking-about and getting them sterilized or vaccinated just trap the cats and clip the cats’ ears themselves. Then release them again right after clipping their ears. Doing their best to hide all evidence of where they keep these colonies and telling few about them. This way the cat if trapped again just gets released right there so the cat-hoarder can continue to dote-over and feed their unsterilized and unvaccinated cats. Plus everyone else who might happen on their secret cat-hoarding locations thinks those cats are sterilized and vaccinated so they have fewer concerns about them still overbreeding or spreading deadly diseases. The TNR cat-hoarder feeder just tells them, “Oh, don’t worry. See that clipped ear? They are sterilized and vaccinated. Perfectly fine and legal!”

    Thanks to these “TNR-On-A-Budget” psychotics, clipped-eared cats must be trapped and euthanized or destroyed on-site — the only affordable and sane solution for everyone.

    If you doubt what I claim about TNR-cat-hoarding addicts practicing “TNR-On-A-Budget”, then perhaps you might enjoy this post I found to again prove everything I say is 100% true. They don’t talk about this practice too openly, just like they like to hide their cat-hoarders’ colonies and how they attempt to do so (also revealed in the thread this post was taken from, verifiable link below).

    “Chris Cook
    We had a culling of the neighborhood cats 2 years ago when there were only 10 or so (I lost 4 under my care in the same week). Now there’s over 25 – that I know about (about half fixed)… it’s just a matter of time before someone decides they have the ‘solution’ to the cat ‘problem’. All I can do is get them tipped (in case Animal Services gets them, there’s a small chance they’ll release them back to the area they caught them) and hope for the best by making my own yard a hidden sanctuary of sorts. At least my HOA knows I’m TNRing them and not just feeding them so they (for now) look the other way while slamming the feeders-and-breeders who contributed to the problem getting out of hand and refusing any and all offers of assistance.”


    Not only is this criminally irresponsible TNR practitioner hoarding and feeding unsterilized cats, she even attracted MORE cats to keep reproducing — which again disproves their oft-spewed “vacuum effect” LIE. While also lying to her HOA to boot. She even believes that what she is doing *is* TNR, that’s just how demented these people are. I’d say this person reflects the norm rather than the exception, since TNR advocates relentlessly lie about so much and so often.

    Hint: for those of you permanently solving cat-hoarder’s ILLEGAL TNR invasive-species colonies by stepping up their rate of “attrition” (i.e. death by any means necessary); look around for any game/field/trail-cameras that might be hidden from immediate view, then collect them as a souvenir and payment for your well-deserved efforts.

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