Opinion Poll in the US on cats
My printer is working again so finishing all the vet clinic letters and reimbursements with cheques to be sent out. A big thank you to Starsky for offering to help with the printing of the letters!
Here's a very interesting poll done in the US about how people feel about community cats and whether they ought to be left where they are or euthanised. This is an idea we've toyed with ourselves from time to time - but running a poll is very expensive if you want to do it independently, among other things.
It's interesting that 81% of respondents thought the cats should be allowed to live out their lives outdoors as it was more humane. Of course a poll was done by the AVA back in 1997 which found most respondents in an HDB estate, did not want the cats removed and preferred that they be allowed to remain and be sterilised - and these were people who weren't even asked to look at it from the angle of welfare of the cat. When I first met with Alley Cat Allies who commissioned the survey, I had shown them the AVA survey and they were very impressed by it and the results of that poll, which was the start of the Stray Cat Rehabilitation Scheme. They said was a very forward looking method of controlling the community cat population, which sadly was cancelled during SARS the next year.
Most people do feel abhorrence to cats being killed unnecessarily. What we need are more alternatives to solving problems - and not using killing as a quick solution.