We were alarmed to read that Hawai`i County Mayor Billy Kenoi proclaimed March as “advoCats Month” on the Big Island (Environment Hawai‘i, May 2016). This proclamation, which endorsed Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs, indicates a striking lack of understanding of the impacts of feral cats on people and wildlife.
All the main Hawaiian Islands have a serious feral cat problem, but TNR programs fail to reduce feral cat populations. Instead, they exacerbate the ecological and public health crises. Rather than slowly eliminating feral cats, as the mayor’s proclamation would have us believe, TNR programs establish and maintain . . .
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