I just got off the phone with a caregiver. She mentioned that she had dogs coming into her area in a pack and that last night, they had killed someone's pet cat that was allowed out. She asked what could be done. I suggested that she try to scare the dogs off, which is what ASD will also suggest. She asked if it was possible to trap the dogs and have them euthanised. She said that the vet assured her that it was painless.
I told her that people could use the exact same argument with the cats. The cats are causing a nuisance to some people they will argue, or the famous argument about spreading diseases. Following the same line of logic, then it's fine to remove the cats and kill them - after all, they will say, it is painless.
At the end of the day, they are all animals on the street. They have enough problems as it is. The dogs don't want to kill cats just as the cats don't want to defecate in an inappropriate place. Of course I feel badly for the cats - they don't deserve to die, but if we start valuing life differently - ie cat's life more valuable than dog's life, or vice versa, then who arbitrates? Who gets to play God and decide who lives or dies? Some people who like birds may be baying for the blood of cats who kill birds (as already happens overseas).
She mentioned that the feeders in this area aren't able to help chase the dogs away because they are elderly. She said that they also need help with sterilisation money and want free sterilisation as they used to get in the past from CWS. It appears she has been helping there and before that, the Society was paying for the cats to be sterilised in this area too. However there are now more than 10 unsterilised cats still in the area. I asked her where the cats came from and she does not know. I told her that in that case, it would be better to help another colony with reimbursement, and getting that colony under control as it did not seem to be getting better in this area and no one seemed to know why.