I'm not the 'real' feeder
A few more people have written in to ask for alternatives to be used to trapping cats so we're looking at buying more Scarecrows. I'm also looking at the Ultra-sonic repellent - it gives off a high pitched noise which is annoying for cats apparently and will keep them out of the lawn. Where I stay now there is a small one to keep rats out of the apartment and since then there have been no rats (cats would have been a cuter and equally effective deterrent really!), so hopefully that will work too.
Some of the people who wrote in mentioned they felt bad telling off the feeders who are doing a kind thing - but often it looks like they've been feeding but not sterilising and this causes the cat population to multiply. It isn't kind to only feed and not sterilise - it adds to the problem. The people who wrote in either used to trap (and found it wasn't working) or are facing problems and don't want to trap. It's important to remember the main thing to look at is a permanent solution - and trapping is not going to work. Getting the feeders onto a TNRM programme would be the best way to control the population - and has been shown to be effective.
Poor Rebecca and some of the caregivers in their area have been having a tough few weeks. After the furor with the TC, she and a group of caregivers in her area have been trying to find the phantom feeders in an area where there are some sterilised cats (and a lot of complaints). Unfortunately they have met a number of feeders and all claim they are not the 'real' feeder. So the caregivers and Rebecca have been trapping - but this isn't sustainable in the long run because they have their own colonies to manage and there are large numbers of unsterilised cats.
They also had a run-in with some teenagers who did not want them to remove the cats even though they explained what they had to remove them for. There was a group of them and from what Rebecca said they seemed quite menancing.