If I'm frightened of something, I want it annihilated
Could that just be friendly advice posted a comment in an earlier post about how it is difficult to get some people to accept cats and other animals. There's a big difference though between being afraid of cats and asking for them to be killed. I used to be scared of cats, one of our past committee members is STILL deadly frightened of them. Same thing with allergies or with being afraid of non-humans. Some people don't like their neighbours - does that mean it's okay to ask for their neighbours to be taken away and killed?
No one is asking people to love cats - but we are saying that tolerance and common sense should prevail. If you look up phobias that people have, the list is extensive. There is a phobia for almost anything - water, light, open space, etc. Yet we don't pander to these phobias because it's impossible to do so. I think that people do pick on animals and cats because it's a quick fix - they are seen to be doing something and quickly. If you talk to some of the complainants and see some of their emails, you'll see that they have a long, long list of complaints - and cats are just one of them. However the others are more difficult to fix whereas it is relatively easier to trap the cats and kill them (though this doesn't make the problem go away).
We do work with people who are frightened of cats, and we have found ways to minimise the problem for them. However if your reaction is I'm scared of them, I want them all killed then there's something I cannot sympathise with.
Also I really dislike the law being trotted out as an excuse to kill animals when there is no basis for doing so. Find me a statute that says there is a statutory basis for saying that community cats must be removed and killed. I dislike the law being used as a means to bully someone else when no such law exists - and that extends to non-animal issues.