Removing black cats
I was speaking with a caregiver who is having some problems in the area. There is a persistent complainant who apparently asked that all the black cats be removed. She said that he didn't seem to like animals and didn't seem to have any issue with the fact that they would be killed.
One of the other caregivers working with her suggested that they offer to remove the black cats in the area to appease the complainant. We spoke about this, and she shared some of the same concerns I did.
First of all, this is clearly a ridiculous complaint. Say I think that people of XXX race shouldn't be living next to me. Would the TC agree and move them out? A black cat is a cat - it didn't ask to be born black, and it certainly isn't any more lucky or unlucky than any other cat (and incidentally they are considered to be LUCKY in some countries).
Secondly, there is no guarantee that the complainant will stop complaining - and what happens if the new cats that move in are also black? Will it be an endless parade of the removal of black cats? And what happens if the complaint then becomes ginger cats or ALL cats?
I understand that since they have had no other complaints in their area (and they have been managing the cats a long time) that they hope this will resolve the problem. They are also hopeful that the TC will stop trapping cats in their area (which the TC has been doing) if they remove these black cats, and which clearly is very worrying for the caregivers. I know they are trying to protect the rest of the cats. However a complainant may not be easily appeased - especially one who seems to have no rational basis for complaint. The town council that gives in as well is likely to find the complaints may no longer remain limited to complaints about cats.