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L.A.'s Proposed No-Kill Policy Raises Hackles on Both Sides

Whether you love them or can't stand to be near them, if you live in Los Angeles, cats are a part of your life. But forget those images of cuddly, cutesy fur balls. L.A. is home to millions of feral cats -- essentially wild animals. Controlling them used to mean putting them to sleep. That's changing. L.A. may soon become a no-kill city. Sounds humane, but the policy has critics. And as Judy Muller discovered, the cats have some vocal, passionate friends.

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Judy Muller/Correspondent: If you look closely and quickly, you'll spot them. They are everywhere -- under cars, in the bushes, on roofs. They are feral cats, wild and untamed -- as many as two million of them roaming the streets and neighborhoods of Los Angeles.

And L.A. isn't a bad place to call home for these guys. That's because it's on the way to becoming a "no-kill" trap-neuter-release city. A "no-kill" policy means not euthanizing animals unless they are dangerous or sick.

Trap, neuter and release, or TNR, is when feral cats are trapped, spayed or neutered, and then released back into communities. And that approach appeals to folks who want these critters to live all of their nine lives. But there is a downside.

Amy/Los Angeles Homeowner: the fact that we've got wild animals roaming that are leaving feces, that are infecting us with fleas, which are diseasing carrying, it's unbelievable because if wild dogs were running around they would, you know, immediately come do something about.

Muller: Because there are wild cats in Amy's neighborhood, she took it upon herself to deal with the source of the problem. She asked her neighbor to stop feeding them. He refused. So Amy spent a small fortune on a pest exterminator to kill fleas in her home, and she doesn't even own a pet.

Amy: And he said it was one of the worst infestations he's ever seen and I was really upset because all of these horrible chemicals had to be pumped into our home.

Muller: Complaints to the city and county went nowhere. Meanwhile cat colonies were cropping up everywhere -- in West L.A., for example, where we met Joe.

Joe/Los Angeles Homeowner: On our street, there were 60 to 70 cats.

Muller: He's since moved from that street. He was fed up with neighbors who didn't pick up the feces or control the fleas that go along with feeding 70 of them. When he contacted the city, he was told he needed to trap the cats himself. So he did.

Joe: My neighbor and I trapped over 55, 60 cats and there were still a lot left over.

Muller: Captured ferals end up here, in a city animal shelter. Most are not adoptable as pets and after a week or two, they are euthanized, but not if Christi Metropole can get there first.

Christi Metropole/Stray Cat Alliance: I love all animals, but for whatever reason I spend most of my time helping cats.

Muller: Christi heads the Stray Cat Alliance. She has been celebrated for her work, spaying and neutering thousands of cats throughout L.A. And she is a key player in what might be called "pet politics."

Paul Koretz/L.A. City Councilmember [in web video]: I love Stray Cat Alliance. I happen to be a cat lover. But I like everything they do.

Muller: She donates to city councilmembers' campaigns, hosts fundraisers and attends celebrity-studded galas. But despite her political access and the hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations she's accumulated, she claims her group and others are the underdogs when it comes to fighting for cats' rights.

Metropole: Cat groups are so small and so underfunded, and they're working against the eight ball. They don't have any money. They're just cat ladies out here trapping and fixing and feeding.

Muller: Well, not exactly. Some cat rescue groups have multi-million dollar piggy banks. They are well-funded, and well-mobilized. They even host feral cat conferences, like this one recently held in Marina Del Rey. Folks from around the country gathered to learn about "feral freedom" and "community cat management." And cats have clout. They can even hold up construction of a $150-million development.

Metropole: So we were actually granted an injunction by a Superior Court judge in Santa Monica, which we were very grateful.

Muller: The Lincoln Place development in Venice housed a hundred feral cats. And stray cat alliance got a judge to stop demolition long enough to get them out. The cats had their own attorney.

Metropole: They let us have complete access to the property -- in buildings, under buildings. We tented them off. We got all the cats and a lot of wildlife out. They all would have been gassed up and died a horrible death.

Travis Longcore/Urban Wildlands: They claimed they had an ownership in those cats, but then when it comes to responsibility, they don't want to take any responsibility for them in terms of minimizing their impacts, and there's example after example of how that plays out.

Muller: Travis Longcore is founder of Urban Wildlands, a nonprofit which protects species and habitats in urban areas. His group successfully sued Los Angeles in 2008 and put a stop to the city's trap-neuter-release program.

Longcore is concerned the release of feral cats into communities is impacting the wildlife. And the impact can be huge. According to a new study by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the Fish and Wildlife Service, cats are killing some two and a half billion birds a year.

The scientists conducting the study called that mortality rate shockingly high and urged policy intervention from keeping pet cats indoors to controlling feral cat colonies. The study found that feral cats do the most damage. Despite the new evidence, Christi Metropole isn't buying it.

Metropole: That's been refuted and you can look at studies that rats kill them, that pesticide, habitat loss, windows, windmills, cell towers -- those are the real reasons birds are dying.

Muller: So we should just let all the cats live that want to be living out there in the wild?

Metropole: We need to spay and neuter.

Muller: But spay and neuter doesn't stop cats from killing birds, and it doesn't stop cats from defecating on lawns, and spreading disease. And that's what an L.A. County public health official warned of in this 2011 report. It urges L.A. city officials to reject a TNR program, citing the potential for "widespread flea infestations" and "disease transmission."

Metropole: That health official has to have an excuse for their job. So they are always talking about the plague and all these things which are absolutely ridiculous.

Muller: But record-breaking numbers of cases of flea-borne Typhus have been reported in Los Angeles County -- more than 120 in the past three years. L.A. County Public Health blames the dramatic blames the dramatic increase, in part, on "the relocation of host animals (possums and feral cats)" to regions where typhus wasn't previously common. And Metropole isn't buying that either.

Metropole: Cats are not a public health nuisance. There are not sicker people around cats. They are actually healthier.

Muller: A lot of people who encounter feral cats would disagree. In 2007, workers and children at the daycare centers at Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center in Downey complained to the L.A. County Public Health Department.

They were besieged by 150 feral cats. They suffered flea bites and were overwhelmed by cat feces. In October 2008, an aide to supervisor Don Knabe ordered the cats' removal but also cautioned "we can expect to get a lot of backlash from the animal rights community."

[Woman in YouTube video]: It's not euthanization. It's killing of these cats.

[Man's voice in YouTube video]: Please put a stop to the unnecessary cruelty and contact County Supervisor Don Knabe's office telling him his plan will fail...

Muller: And there was. Rescue groups mobilized that threatened legal action. What did the county do? Just six months later, it agreed to a settlement allowing the Stray Cat Alliance to trap the cats. The county also agreed to pay the group $200 a cat, money that was to be used "to take care of it for the remainder of the cat's life" by sending the ferals to a sanctuary. The county also picked up the tab for vaccinations and neutering.

Muller [to Metropole]: They paid you to take them at $200 a cat. Where are they?

Metropole: They didn't pay us necessarily. A lot of them went to Cat House on the Kings, a lot of them went to individuals -- a lot of them were friendly because they were dumped, so we found them homes.

Muller: Records show Metropole's group was paid over $9,000. Some cats were sent to a sanctuary, but others were relocated to cities like Beverly Hills. Today, there are fewer cats at Rancho Los Amigos, but some are still there and still being fed.

Longcore: That is not a sustainable option, paying people to take care of cats. The truth of the matter is, and this is what is so difficult for people to understand is that managing and controlling unowned, free-roaming cats will require euthanasia. There are not enough shelter spaces, there is not enough sanctuary space. And we have to stand up and be honest. But the thing is something is going to die in this equation.

Muller: We wanted to interview supervisor Don Knabe and county public health chief Dr. Jonathan Fielding about the health risks and the political pressures. But both declined repeated requests for interviews. In fact, most people who did speak to us asked that we withhold their last names and their locations. Why? Because of fear of harassment from animal rights groups.

Beverly Hills attorney Darian Bojeaux knows about that first hand. Four years ago she went to City Hall and pushed for a law banning the feeding of feral cats in alleys and public property.

Darian Bojeaux/Beverly Hills Homeowner [in 2009 city council video]: We just want people to stop creating health hazards.

Muller: She says she was confronted by 200 cat activists including Christi Metropole.

Metropole [in city council video]: ...and please adopt TNR and don't criminalize feeding cats.

Bojeaux: We were against all these people that didn't even live here. There might have been three or four people who lived in Beverly Hills, and all these other people, maybe L.A. County, maybe other counties, and they were just coming to put pressure and make a scene.

Muller: Darian told us her personal information ended up on an animal rights website.

Bojeaux: They were referring to my name and she lives at this address and they were trying to make me feel afraid for my safety.

Muller: It's what Dr. Longcore calls a rent-a-mob mentality, and he says he's also been a victim of it.

Longore: I have also had my phone number and what they thought was my address put on a website and told to tell Travis what you think about him wanting to kill the cats, and this is not uncommon at all.

Muller [to Metropole]: I have also talked to people who say that the cat advocacy groups have so much political clout...

Metropole: Really? [laughs]

Muller: ...that you guys can call up an instant mob at a city council meeting and intimidate these politicians. Do you think that's true?

Metropole: That's hilarious. I would love that to be true. We are actually always behind the eight ball.

Muller: City officials are often caught in the crossfire.

Brenda Barnette/L.A. Animal Services: I had a friend of mine say she'd rather set her hair on fire than to go to L.A.

Muller: Brenda Barnette moved from Seattle to take the job of general manager for L.A.'s animal services. She is the fifth one in 11 years. Her predecessors were subjected to protests from animal rights groups.

Barnette: There is more passion in this particular business on every side of the street than you could possibly imagine. But, you know, it's good. It keeps us honest. It makes us think. It makes us come up with creative solutions.

Muller: She's trying to referee L.A.'s fights over cats. The latest battle is over the city's proposed cat program, which would bring back trap-neuter-release to L.A. An environmental assessment of the program is about to begin and will look at the impact feral cats have on wildlife and neighborhoods. As drafted now, the program would legalize the feeding of sterilized feral cats and exempt them from the pet limits.

Longcore: If this program were to go into effect, the person across the street here could decide they just really love cats, and they could adopt -- adopt in quotes -- cats from shelters and put them in their backyard, and they could develop a colony of 50 or 60 feral cats right there and there would be no recourse that any of the neighbors or the park users would have.

Metropole: You can't legislate humanity. Mostly people are really good, so if you can't, if you see a starving cat and you put food out for that cat, you are not a criminal. The person who abandoned that cat is the criminal.

Muller: Cat politics aside, almost everyone in this struggle agrees on one thing -- more effort should be put into the adoption of healthy animals.

Barnette: We have amazing animals. We have young animals. We have older animals. We have middle-aged animals. We have big, little, short hair, long hair. So I think what we have failed to do is let people know what amazing animals we have.

Muller: And, some would add, do a better job of controlling the ones that roam untamed and unchecked. It won't be easy. The phrase "tough as herding cats" is, in this case, no metaphor.

I'm Judy Muller for SoCal Connected.

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What is funy is that Don Knabe is more likely to speak about the conflict of interest (appearance) with his son than the cat issue. Cats need to be treated like any invasive species. While euthanization may not be the answer, they should not be allowed to run feral. Some of these outfits almost need to operate cat farms or cat rest homes out in the countryside with a few acres, rather than have them roaming around our streets, getting run over by cars, breeding insects, and threatening truly endangered plant and animal species.

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People who lived in the cities and moved out to the country by me thought they could set up nice little cat-retirement villages for everyone's unwanted stray and feral cats.

WRONG.

Now every last one of their hundreds of cats are shot dead and buried -- permanently retired. Do you think that if you just round them up and dump them off in the country that those cats will live out idyllic bambi-cartoon-lives chasing butterflies? The only thing that re-homed cats catch in the countryside today are well-aimed bullets as soon as they are spotted by anyone with a gun. People in rural areas have enough of a cat-shooting quota every year to keep their populations in check without ignorant urban idiots adding to everyone's cat-shooting quotas. Some hunters even (wrongly) encourage those "feral barn-cat program" practices, just so they have free targets to shoot at between hunting-seasons to keep their skills up. Many even adopt their own cats from these TNR people just for that purpose. I'm not against this idea, but then I have to shoot all the more-wary ones that they end up misfiring on.

Luckily the people in my area learned their lesson and haven't imported more of these mangy cats for the last 3 years. (Though their learning-curve was mighty slow! It took a few hundred shot-dead cats before they started to learn. Yes, cat-lovers are JUST this incredibly stupid.)

Cat-lovers' "vacuum effect" is also a bald-faced-LIE. Simple reason being: CATS ATTRACT CATS. Shoot every last one on your land and there's none there to attract more of them. Should even ONE cat ever step foot on your land again? Shoot on sight A.S.A.P. Because if you don't? You'll be a**-deep in cats again, destroying all your native wildlife, spreading all their deadly diseases to animals and humans again, attracting even more cats, and worse -- more criminally irresponsible cat-dumpers.

Contrary to these cat-lovers' lies, FERAL AND STRAY CATS THAT ARE DUMPED IN RURAL AREAS DO NOT STAY WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN DUMPED. (Why do you think a cat dumped 300 miles away tries to get back to where it was born?) Even if they do manage to train one or two of these vermin to return to their roost in the morning, all night long they are out in the countryside annihilating all the valuable native wildlife, just as they did on my own lands. OR being attracted right to the sights of my rifle, as the last several hundred were. (I found a way to turn my home and land into a 100% fatal cat-trap by using IR surveillance cameras and baiting trails of fish-oils along all the roadsides to a feeding-dish within range of my laser-sighted rifle. This can clean-out ANY stray cats for miles around. A VERY EFFECTIVE solution that I share with anyone who might have a cat-licking idiot problem-neighbor by you.)

For ANYONE to suggest that you trap feral and stray cats and then go dump them off on some unsuspecting person in the country makes that person NO LESS CRIMINALLY IRRESPONSIBLE than ANYONE who does the same in your own backyard, no matter if the cats are sterilized or not!

I for one KNOW, that NO CAT WILL EVER LEAVE MY PROPERTY AND EVER BECOME A PROBLEM FOR ANY OTHER LIVING THING ON EARTH EVER AGAIN.

PLEASE learn to be just as respectful and responsible to your neighbor and all life on earth as I've learned to be. They're YOUR PROBLEM that YOU MADE. Solve YOUR PROBLEM, where YOU LIVE.

I'm sick and tired of having to solve YOUR PROBLEM for you!

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As somebody who grew up with the utmost respect for PBS, I’m appalled at the way this story was covered. And publicized. According to the KCET press release:

“Feral cats are overrunning the city of Los Angeles. Right now, in many ways, homeowners have less rights than these wild cats when it comes to where they can eat, defecate, and reside. These cats are having a severe effect on public health and wildlife in LA. They’re affecting both the bird population as well as spreading diseases and fleas to residents and homeowners and their pets.”

None of these claims is actually supported with evidence presented in the story (or anywhere else for that matter). When did PBS begin to value sensationalism over journalism? The public has more than enough of that already.

How Los Angeles chooses to address the complex issue of its many stray, abandoned, and feral cats is terribly important to many of us. Indeed, the rest of the country is watching closely. Unfortunately, Judy Muller presented the KCET audience with little more than the usual scaremongering, clichés, and misinformation that typically accompany news reports on the subject.

Had she tackled the story with greater rigor, she—and the public—would have seen (finally) the contradictions and double-speak behind so many of the claims made by TNR opponents.

It’s curious, for example, what Travis Longcore says about “paying people to take care of cats” being an unsustainable option. He seems to be implying that the alternative—killing cats—IS sustainable. In fact, we’ve been trying to kill our way out of the “feral cat problem” for generations now without success. Every year, millions of cats are killed in this country—tens of thousands in Los Angeles alone. This outdated, cruel approach has done nothing to reduce either the number of cats on the streets or those killed in our municipal shelters.

And Longcore’s offering no alternative—a critical point, but one that Muller failed to make. Indeed, she missed a perfectly obvious follow-up in light of Longcore’s staunch opposition to trap-neuter-return: if not TNR, then what? And (another obvious follow-up Muller missed) how can a ban on TNR possibly benefit the wildlife Longcore claims to want to protect?

In fact, there’s every reason to think such a policy would only drive caretakers—and cats—underground. Which means fewer cats sterilized and vaccinated. (Perhaps that’s why Longcore didn’t attend the Marina Del Rey conference in December: too many tough questions to answer.)

Muller presents the issue as if there’s some well-funded, politically connected “cat lobby” at work here. Had her reporting been more thorough, she would have discovered an army of dedicated “regular folks” spending a great deal of time—and more than a little of their own money—caring for these cats.

Muller says, “cats have clout.” What about the numerous opponents to TNR? This includes, of course, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which funded the “study” she refers to here. Contrary to what Muller suggests, this work has very little to do with science or conservation; framing it in such terms is merely a Trojan Horse. At its core, this was an agenda-driven effort to undermine TNR.

Indeed, the authors’ astronomical “estimates” alone raise questions of credibility. The 1.4–3.7 billion annual mortalities reported by these researchers (which they describe throughout their paper as a conservative estimate) represent an astonishing 28.5–75.5 percent of the estimated 4.7 billion landbirds in all of North America.

Were these figures even remotely accurate, the continent would have been devoid of birds long ago. Yet if any reporter had asked about this (yet another obvious of follow-up) I’ve not seen the story. Instead, the Smithsonian’s “killer cat study,” heavily promoted by its PR department, has been making headlines for weeks.

How’s that for “clout”?

The real story here is not about fleas, lawsuits, or some imaginary neighbor “adopting” 50 or 60 cats from the local shelter. It’s about how the culture of killing is sold to policymakers and the public by a mainstream media increasingly unwilling or unable to do its job.


Peter J. Wolf
http://www.voxfelina.com

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You want proof to all the claims that were made? Read below (you pathetic MORON).

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Mr. Wolf,

If I own a home next to a cat colony and I do not want the cats in my yard, what should my recourse be? TNR will not stop them from entering my yard, TNR will not make the cats disappear in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years? Do I not have the right to decide what domestic animals are allowed onto my property?

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This psychotic and delusional "No-Kill" religion (conceived of, based on, and fueled by their own relentless fear of death) is the DIRECT CAUSE of the most heinous, widespread, and longest lasting animal abuse in the history of humanity.

There's far worse things than death. Read it and weep if you think saving more animals' lives is going to give them a life worth living.

notesfromadogwalker.com/2012/07/21/how-i-failed-as-a-rescuer-lessons-from-a-sanctuary/

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Here's how these ignorant, self-serving, and uneducated TNR-advocates are destroying all life on the planet.

The TNR CON-GAME

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

FACT: Trap, Neuter, & Release (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. Nearly every last TNR'ed cat dies an inhumane death by road-kill, from cat and animal attacks, environmental poisons, starvation, dehydration, freezing to death, infections, parasites, etc. And if very very lucky humanely shot to death or re-trapped and drowned (the two most common methods employed on all farms and ranches to protect their gestating livestock's offspring and valuable native wildlife dying from cats' Toxoplasmosis parasites). This doesn't begin to count the thousands of defenseless native animals that cats skin alive and disembowel alive for their daily and hourly play-toys. The only difference in destroying cats immediately and humanely instead of trapping, sterilizing, then releasing them to an inhumane death; is that 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: Cats are a man-made (through selective breeding) invasive species. And as such, are no less of a man-made environmental disaster than any other caused by man. Cats are even worse than an oil-spill of continent-sized proportions. They not only kill off rare and endangered marine-mammals along all coastlines from run-off carrying cats' Toxoplasma gondii parasites, they destroy the complete food-chain in every ecosystem where cats are found. From smallest of prey gutted and skinned alive for cats' tortured play-toys, up to the top predators that are starved to death from cats destroying their ONLY food sources. (Precisely what cats caused on my own land not long ago.)

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: In _TWELVE_YEARS_ Alley Cat ALL-LIES of NYC have only reduced feral cats in their own city by 0.08% to 0.024% (as the months go on that percentage becomes more insignificant), allowing more than 99.92% to 99.976% to exponentially breed out of control. Here's how Alley-Cat-ALL-LIES' deceptive math works: If you TNR 4 cats and 3 get flattened by cars this translates to 75% fewer feral-cats everywhere. Alley Cat ALL-LIES can't even reduce 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 over 100 of the most "successful" TNR programs worldwide, JUST ONE trapped more than 0.4%. Oregon's 50,000 TNR'ed cats (the highest rate I found) is 4.9% of all ferals in their state. Yet, by applying population growth calculus on the unsterilized 95.1% they will have trapped only 0.35% of all cats in their state sometime this year. Less than 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 3 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!

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Be cautious about using any cats taken from outdoors for adoption or you could be held criminally responsible. There's no way to know a wild-harvested cats' vaccination history, if any, nor their exposure to all the deadly diseases cats carry. If a cat has contracted rabies then a vaccination later will do no good. It's already too late. There's no reliable known test for rabies while keeping the animal alive. They need to be destroyed after they are trapped. It's the only sane and sensible solution. This is why all wild-harvested animals of any type intended for the pet-industry must, BY LAW, undergo an extended quarantine of a MINIMUM of 6 months before transfer or sale of those animals to prevent just these things. Cats are no different than any other animal when wild-harvested. You're risking this following story happening in every shelter across the land.

Google for: rabid cat adopted wake county
Another example (of thousands), Google for: rabid kitten jamestown exposure

Adopting or approaching any unknown cat that's been outdoors is just playing Russian Roulette.

The net is flooded with similar examples every week. THOUSANDS of people must endure, pay for (out of their own pocket) the painful and expensive (more than $1000) rabies shots if they get scratched or bitten by any stray or feral cat, especially if that cat cannot be trapped again to destroy it and test it for rabies. Stray-cat feeders are guaranteeing this, by training and teaching these cats to approach humans for food. These cats then lashing out by biting or scratching at any hands that try to touch or pet them.

Even vaccinating your cat against rabies won't prevent it from finding the nearest rabid bat dying on the ground to rip it to shreds for its daily cat's play-toy. Then bringing back a mouthful or claws full of fresh rabies virus to you, your family, neighbors, other pets, or other animals. ANY cat allowed outdoors can transmit rabies to others, vaccinated or not.

These are just the diseases these invasive species cats have been spreading to humans, not counting the ones they spread to all wildlife. THERE ARE NO VACCINES against many of these, and are in-fact listed as bio-terrorism agents. They include: Campylobacter Infection, Cat Scratch Disease, Coxiella burnetti Infection (Q fever), Cryptosporidium Infection, Dipylidium Infection (tapeworm), Hookworm Infection, Leptospira Infection, Giardia, Plague, Rabies, Ringworm, Salmonella Infection, Toxocara Infection, Toxoplasma. [Centers for Disease Control, July 2010] Sarcosporidiosis, Flea-borne Typhus, Tularemia, and Rat-Bite Fever can now also be added to that list.

A FEW examples (of thousands):

Cat-Transmitted PLAGUE:
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8059908
www.pagosasun.com/archives/2011/07July/072811/webplague.html
www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/oregon-man-suffering-plague-critical-condition-article-1.1094782
www.daily-times.com/ci_20849462/health-department-said-taos-cat-has-plague

Totally disproving that oft-spewed myth that cats in Europe could have prevented the plague. No rats nor fleas even required. Cats themselves carry and transmit the plague all on their own.

Tularemia:
www.news-gazette.com/news/health/miscellaneous/2011-09-14/cats-savoy-test-positive-rabbit-fever.html
www.westyellowstonenews.com/news/article_02fceec6-f695-11e0-b752-001cc4c002e0.html

Flea-borne Typhus:
www.ocregister.com/articles/county-317133-animals-cases.html

Hookworm -- ruined Miami Businesses:
articles.sun-sentinel.com/2010-11-24/news/fl-miami-beach-hookworms-20101123_1_hookworm-infections-feral-miami-beach

Cats' most insidious disease of all, their Toxoplasma gondii parasite they spread through their excrement into all other animals. This is how humans get it in their dinner-meats, cats roaming around stockyards and farms. This is why cats are routinely destroyed around gestating livestock or important wildlife by shooting or drowning them. So those animals won't suffer from the same things that can happen to the unborn fetus of any pregnant woman. (Miscarriages, still-births, hydrocephaly, and microcephaly.) It can make you blind or even kill you at any time during your life once you've been infected. It becomes a permanent lifetime parasite in your mind, killing you when your immune system becomes compromised by disease or chemo and immunosuppressive therapies. It can last over a year in any soils or waters and not even washing your hands or garden vegetables in bleach will destroy the oocysts. Contrary to cat-lovers' self-deceptive myths, a cat can become reinfected many times during its life and spread millions of oocysts each time. It's now linked to the cause of autism, schizophrenia, and brain cancers. This parasite is also killing off rare and endangered marine-mammals along all coastlines from cats' T. gondii oocysts in run-off from the land, the oocysts surviving even in saltwater.

Its strange life cycle is meant to infect rodents. Any rodents infected with it lose their fear of cats and are attracted to cat urine.

scitizen.com/neuroscience/parasite-hijacks-the-mind-of-its-host_a-23-509.html

Cats attract rodents to your home with their whole slew of diseases. If you want rodents in your home keep cats outside of it to attract diseased rodents to your area. I experienced this phenomenon (as have many others), and all rodent problems disappeared after I shot and buried every last cat on my land.

The time has come to destroy them all whenever spotted away from supervised confinement. There's no other solution. We have nobody but cat-lovers to thank for this health and ecological disaster. Stray-cats, the very source of all feral-cats, need to be euthanized too or you'll never be rid of the feral-cat problem.

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ANYONE need only Google for: Loews Hotels Feral Cats, if they want to see just what kind of whack-jobs these people are. More problems than cats.

After reading what they did to the owners of Loews hotels, any sane person realizes to not bring these TNR sociopaths and psychopaths right to your door.

Here's another more recent replay of the same thing that these cat-licker-sociopaths did to Loews Hotels: www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-stray-cats-20121026,0,6245372.story

A $150 million renovation project for low-income housing, put on hold, jobs lost, money lost, homeless still homeless, court costs and lawyers, just to save a few of their feral vermin cRats. And the saddest part of all, the vast majority of these TNR'ed cats had already died heinous inhuman deaths from TNR-practitioners' OWN "death by attrition" mantra. (Road-kill, diseases, parasites, injuries, environmental poisons, cat & animal attacks, exposure, etc. etc. Their all-encompassing feel-good blinders-on term of "death by attrition".)

Similar scenarios can be found across the globe every month by Googling for feral cats and churches, universities, hospitals, shopping centers, malls, apartment-complexes, etc., etc. Cat-lickers think that any property on which a cat has stepped foot is their own property and they can control the owners and every life and law on it.

This is precisely why everyone is learning to destroy all cats on their properties as quickly and quietly as possible. Telling nobody beforehand about the cats even being there. Long before these psychotic cat-lover sociopaths and psychopaths get wind of the cats. Shoot cats first, tell no-one later. Because the only thing worse than feral cats are feral cat-lickers. You can legally shoot the former, not the latter. You need to pay lawyers and courts to get rid of the latter. THEN you can get rid of their cats. And the sad part is, that's EXACTLY what happens, each and every time.

People are wising-up. If ANY cats are around they destroy every last one of them first, before they make any other move. All thanks to these militant cat-advocates.

They sure are making everyone "love and respect" them and their cats, aren't they. :-)