One thing that Vegancat brought up is something that the committee has been discussing, which is how cats are trapped. As some of you may not know, there is no licensing for people who commercially trap cats. This means essentially that anyone can go out, and be paid to trap a cat, which is what is happening now. As such, there is not much quality control. I think almost everyone has heard of cats being caught in a less than humane manner, and unless there are definite eyewitnesses, it is extremely hard to catch these people. At the same time, the town councils, Management committees, etc, find that it is really cheap to get rid of the cats.
One thing that may be worth considering is asking that only LICENSED people be allowed to trap commercially. For one thing, this means they would need to have a certain level of training. Of course we would prefer that no cat ever be caught, but they do trap, and will continue to trap, and if so, at least it should be done in the most humane method. The fact that they are being trapped by people who pay to have it done and then send the cats to be killed, should not mean they can do it any way they like. No hitting the cat over the head, no dumping them in gunny sacks, no smashing them around.
This would also mean that it would done by professionals - not the workers that the town council hire who do it for a few dollars. SPCA runs courses I believe to train pest control on how to humanely trap. At the same time, this would mean town councils, Management committees and the like would need to pay MORE. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the difference could come to as much as $70 PER cat. People would think twice if they had to pay $800 to trap ten cats, as opposed to say $80 now. They might be then more open to a TNRM programme.