'Interfering' with nature
Someone just trying to start a programme wrote to their town council to ask if they might be willing to meet with her and talk about a TNRM programme. The officer wrote back to say that cats should be left to survive on their own because humans are interfering with their environment. The officer goes on to say that some animals will die, others will live and this is survival of the fittest.
The officer writes back to say that feeders are killing the cats by being kind, and that it is difficult to find them homes and this is as it should be, because there are homeless people around in third world countries and that in Singapore there are poor people with almost no food. The officer ends off by saying that if the cats are left alone, their population will control itself.
First of all, yes animals do survive - and if people remove and trap and kill the cats, then it has been shown that cats are actually more likely to have larger litters in an attempt to survive.
Secondly, the cats have homes - in the environment. They are in the environment, have been in the environment and always been in the environment. The question is how to control their population - not feeding them is NOT the answer, sterilisation and management is.
Thirdly, I fail to see what homeless people have to do with this. Of course it is a terrible thing that there are homeless people in other countries. Does this however mean that in the meantime this can be an excuse to refuse to do anything - ie there's no point helping my neighbour who is elderly and needs a bit of help sometimes because there are homeless people in third world countries? Or there's no point giving money to children's educational initiatives because there are homeless people in third world countries? Or there's no point helping to sterilise and manage cats because there are homeless people in third world countries? Isn't the idea to try and do good where you can, when you can?
Cats will breed unless sterilised. Period. If they are not sterilised, they will have more kittens and the attendant issues that entails. I also think it's a little disingenuous to argue that people should not interfere - we already interfere every day because of urbanisation. Plus if the TC wants to leave nature be, then clearly they should stop trapping too. Certainly THAT is interfering with nature as well.