Alley Cat Allies is speaking out against the articles they believe are scapegoating cats. These articles have been publicized all over the news and media recently. Alley Cat Allies is making it known that these stories are based on biased research that could lead to more outdoor cats being trapped and needlessly killed.
“The media are relying on a so-called ‘study’ funded by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Division of Migratory Birds that recklessly perpetuates a bogus debate,” said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder, Alley Cat Allies. “It’s propaganda, and Alley Cat Allies is demanding that the Smithsonian denounce it.”
According to Alley Cat Allies, this “study” is a direct attack on their progress with Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). In communities across the country, TNR stabilizes and reduces the population of feral cats and saves millions of cats from being killed in shelters.
“This Smithsonian report is a desperate attempt to set back the progress that has been made,” said Robinson. “The authors arrived at their chosen conclusion by cherry-picking data in the most egregious fashion. Worse still, they cite a discredited researcher, a colleague who was convicted and then fired for trying to poison cats.”
The Alley Cat Allies’ goal is to reach 50,000 signers. They will be sending all their signatures to the Smithsonian when they reach that number.
As of this writing, Alley Cat Allies has secured 49,326 signers. If you wish to support this cause, visit this link and add your name:
“We have to speak out against this ‘study’ so that the Smithsonian will stop funding research that heaps more blame on cats and gets more cats killed,” continued Robinson. “Let’s be clear. The real threats to birds and other wildlife populations such as deforestation, climate change, and habitat destruction are being ignored.”
Alley Cat Allies is located at 7920 Norfolk Avenue #600, Bethesda, MD 20814.
They are the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Alley Cat Allies was the first organization to introduce and advocate for humane methods of feral cat care, particularly Trap-Neuter-Return, in the American animal protection community. Read more about them at AlleyCat.org
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