I just received a press release under the headline – “The Humane Society of the United States Responds to Free-Roaming Cat Study.”
The HSUS rightfully supports the system of TNR – Trap-Neuter-Return. We all should be concerned with the impact on birds and other wildlife, in areas where feral cat populations have grown. But we cannot and should not blame the cats. The blame lies with irresponsible people who over time dumped and discarded their cats or failed to spay or neuter their pets.
Humans created domestic cats. Cats are not wildlife. Communities across the nation should fully support the groups taking part in TNR programs. It is the only humane and effective way to face this problem.
The complete HSUS press release:
(Jan. 30, 2013)—Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement in response to the study published in Nature Communications by scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on cat predation: