The mayor of Howley, Newfoundland, wants to kill Howley's feral cats, including ones that have already been trap-neutered and released, and he is considering using a gas chamber to do so. It is well known that this is a barbaric, horrific way to kill an animal and that it takes the animal up to 20 minutes to die a very painful, agonizing death. He was offered a trap-neuter-release (TNR) program by several major animal welfare groups at no expense to the town of Howley. He turned his back on this offer. Despite his refusal, to prevent a further increase in the feral cat population, in late January and early February of this year, S.C.A.P.A., a no cage, no kill animal shelter in Stephenville, worked with the animal welfare groups and local veterinarians to TNR most of the Howley feral cats. These cats now have caretakers to look after them and shelter to protect them from the elements. Their ears have been tipped clearly indicating that the cats had been neutered and vaccinated. Many of these cats are abandoned pets and so are merely semi-feral. Nevertheless, Mayor Samms and Howley Town Council still want to gas these cats! Please tell Mayor Samms that gassing animals is inhumane! Ask him to let the cats already TNR'ed live out their lives in peace under the watchful eyes of their caretakers and ask him to accept the animal welfare groups' offer to trap-neuter-release the few remaining feral cats. Tell him gassing feral cats--especially ones that have ALREADY been trapped neutered and released-- is no way to put Howley, Newfoundland, on the map.
We, the undersigned, are dismayed that Howley Town Council is considering using the inhumane, barbaric method of gassing as a way of controlling its feral cat population. We urge Town Council of Howley to:
1) forgo its plan to gas Howley''s feral cats.
2) let the feral cats of Howley who have already been Trapped-Neutered-and Released live out their lives under the watchful eyes of their caretakers, and
3) accept the animal welfare groups' offer to TNR the remaining feral cats.