The “Trap-Neuter-Return” (TNR) approach has gone from an underground movement in the 1990s to an increasingly popular method of managing the nation’s feral cat population. Those who support it say it’s more humane than taking strays to shelters where most will be euthanized.
The disagreement turns on a slippery question: Does the alley cat live a good life?
The Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA and other supporters say the nation’s estimated 50 million to 150 million feral felines often live healthy lives. They also say TNR has added benefits: After a cat colony is sterilized, nuisance behaviors such as fighting and yowling are reduced, and the feral population stabilizes. Feral cats can keep rats in check, too.
Skeptics, including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and some veterinarians, argue the life of an alley cat is rarely pleasant. In many cases, they say it’s actually more humane to euthanize cats, rather than condemn them to a harsh life on the streets.
Are you kidding me? anything is better than euthanasia!!!! they are out to roam and catch birds, mice and nice people who might feed them once in a while, at least this way they have a chance at life, as oppose to none!
Answer by older at 5:55 PM on May. 25, 2011
I think if they look healthy they should be released, for one they might have a home and they can make their way back there, two if they look healthy they've been doing okay. I really don't like seeing adult cats caged in the shelter because they rarely get adopted.
Answer by RyansMom001 at 5:55 PM on May. 25, 2011
Answer by Xynyth at 5:56 PM on May. 25, 2011
this is why it is so important to spay and neuter your animals. After sterilization I think its more humane to send them back to the streets. Actually, I dont know what I think on this issue.
Answer by mommiedear at 5:57 PM on May. 25, 2011
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Answer by AngieBry at 6:02 PM on May. 25, 2011
Sometimes Euthanasia is a necessary evil. I have done the spay/neuter release myself many times over the years but I have Euthanized many of them. When they are sick or have a disease that can be passed to other cats I think it is the humane thing to do. However most truly feral cats can not be tamed so releasing them back into a familar environment is better then sending them to a shelter where in many cases they would live out their live(no kill shelters)
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