Saturday, November 30, 2013

I Love Cats, But....

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As reported in the UK's Daily Mail a couple of weeks ago, entitled thusly:

Feral cats to be given property rights in Los Angeles as the city proposes a law that will prevent residents from removing them

Property owners or renters will not be allowed to remove wild cats from their property if a proposed Los Angeles law is passed.

A controversial new city law that is up for debate is suggesting that feral cats be given the lay of both the city's and the city dwellers' land in response to the problem of abandoned cats in Los Angeles. 
For years, the city adopted a policy where strays were neutered and then released back to the streets and now that could be codified into law.
So, the city will spay, neuter and release cats...but property owners will not themselves be able to remove those strays should they take up station on one's property.
This article is a bit convoluted so I tried to read up on some LA articles.  Still am confused.  For example, here is one popular school of thought that says the proposed law goes way too far:
While a property owner or renter may, under local and State trespass/nuisance laws, remove (or have removed) a human or other animal who enters, urinates, defecates or otherwise damages his/her property, that will no longer be true of cats. Under the proposed L.A. City Feral Cat Program, felines will gain an inherent right to be on your residential or commercial property and conduct themselves, well, like cats.

And the kitty lovers (Feral Cats Caretakers Coalition) counter with their
core philosophies:

  1. Feral cats and kittens have a right to live and to be humanely treated and cared for.
  2. Provide managed long-term quality care in conjunction with trapping, neutering and return to home site for adult cats. (TNR) is the accepted and the best available method to control the feral cat population.
  3. Adult cats that are in jeopardy and the home site is not safe or available, must be relocated to appropriate places or sanctuaries.
  4. Kittens are taken from their colonies to continue their lives in adoptive homes.
  5. Implement solutions for the immediate and ongoing needs in supporting feral cat colonies

 Supposedly the feral cat population in LA numbers in the millions.  That's millions.  I love cats but I can't begin to get my head around the scope and solutions for a problem of this magnitude.  Good luck, LA.

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