Letter: Feral cats best removed altogether

Dear Editor,

Where are the Jungle-Puppy-People? While jungle puppies are common in many of Mexico’s communities, they’re not here.

Do we understand why there are no feral pit-bulls on the loose with soft-hearted volunteers running about at midnight collecting them for their LAPS neutering program – and if, after the knife, good homes can’t be found, releasing them back into the neighbourhood to fend for themselves? 

Of course, that’s ridiculous. What/who would they feed upon?

Just as ridiculous is our Langley feral cat Trap-Neuter-Return program [‘Jungle kittens’ strike chord, Jan 8., Langley Advance].

Have these jungle kitten folk given any thought about the predation rate our cats inflict upon our wild bird population? 

According to a survey by US Fish & Wildlife and Smithsonian Institute conducted two years ago, cats kill as many as 3.7 billion birds per year in the US, about 10 per cent of the population, while one-third of them are in decline. The report is highly critical of feral cat Trap-Neuter-Return people. Our Langley LAPS TNR program is just as ridiculous. 

Certainly, no pets should ever be turned out. Instead, LAPS, along with the community, should plan a program to collect feral cats, find homes, and euthanise unwanted cats as necessary.

Larri Woodrow,

Walnut Grove

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