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Alley Cat Allies' Open Letter to Brevard Co. FL Commission

By July 18, 2012

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From Alley Cat Allies:

On May 15, 2012, a citizen asked the Brevard County, Fla. Board of Commissioners to end the county's 13-year old TNR program, based on a lot of mistruths and misunderstanding. Though the resident was the only one at that meeting who raised an issue, the county commissioners imposed an immediate moratorium on any "new" feral cat colonies (Brevard's ordinance requires colony registration).

For some time, there has been heated debate between feral cat caregivers, many of which are not registered, and neighbors bothered by stray and feral cats, according to an article published yesterday in Florida Today, Brevard County's daily newspaper. Kathy Beatison, Interim Brevard County Animal Services Director, was quoted as saying that the debate has become an issue "between animal rights and property rights."

Today, Alley Cat Allies posted an open letter to the Brevard County Board of Commissioners, calling on them to honor their original dedication to TNR as the only effective way to curb the population of feral cats in their area. I encourage my readers who feel as strongly as I do about the value of TNR to follow the example, and send another copy of the letter. Better yet, post your own comments.

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