Mayor’s Alliance Fights to Save JFK Cats

Some members of the public are getting confused about the role of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals in the fight to save the JFK Airport cats.

The Mayor’s Alliance is responsible for the NYC Feral Cat Initiative, which is the program leading the fight against the extermination of the JFK cats. The Alliance is a hero; the Port Authority of NY and NJ is the villian.

Please ask people to support the Alliance and thank them for their extraordinary efforts on behalf of the cats and all the NYC groups who rely on the Alliance.

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  1. November 1, 2007—Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats, today condemned the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s decision to trap and remove feral cats located around J.F.K. airport.
    “Trapping feral cats and bringing them to animal control—where they will be killed—is not a humane solution and we know that Americans are not in support of this cruel practice,” said Becky Robinson, President and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies. A recent national survey conducted by Harris Group for Alley Cat Allies reveals that an overwhelming majority of Americans — 81% — believes that leaving a stray cat outside to live out his life is more humane than having the cat caught and killed. These results reveal a significant disparity between the public’s humane ethic and the operating policy of most U.S. animal pounds and shelters.
    “Americans need to understand that the killing of feral cats, like those at J.F.K. airport, happens every day around this nation. Contacting animal control agencies to remove outdoor cats is handing these animals an immediate death sentence,” said Robinson. “Feral cats are not a threat to humans. They are not socialized to humans and cannot be adopted, so most shelters capture and kill them. Not only is this practice cruel, it is also a waste of money and resources and is not effective in reducing the total number of cats who live outdoors.”
    Alley Cat Allies has reached out to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey offering to assist with Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), the non-lethal method of managing outdoor cat populations. With TNR, stray and feral cats already living outdoors are humanely trapped, vaccinated, and sterilized by veterinarians. Kittens and social cats are adopted into good homes. Healthy feral cats are returned to their outdoor habitats where they are provided food, water and shelter and monitored by volunteer caregivers.
    Respondents to the Harris survey were also asked to consider the most humane outcome if they were to assume the stray cats would be hit and killed by a car in two years; 72 percent said it was still more humane to let the cat live out his natural life.
    The Alley Cat Allies survey also found that more than two in five Americans have put out food or water for a stray cat, with more than one in five respondents reporting to have done so in the past year.
    For a full copy of results from the Harris survey, “U.S. Public Opinion on Humane Treatment of Stray Cats” visit http://alleycat.org/PublicOpinionPoll.
    About Alley Cat Allies
    The mission of Alley Cat Allies is to protect the lives and promote the wellbeing of our nation’s population of stray and feral cats, and to end the killing of cats in animal control pounds and shelters – the number one documented cause of cat death in the United States. Since 1990, Alley Cat Allies and its 150,000 supporters and volunteers have pursued this mission nationwide through educational and outreach programs. Alley Cat Allies also advocates for the use of Trap-Neuter-Return programs to control reproduction of cats. Visit Alley Cat Allies on the Internet at http://www.alleycat.org.

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