Grant Sizemore: Kudos to the Winona Area Humane Society

November 24, 2018

Thank you for drawing attention to the serious problem of feral cats in your Nov. 19. American Bird Conservancy commends the decision of the Winona Area Humane Society to refrain from feeding feral cats — which results in nuisances, public health risks, and dangers to wildlife. Their experience is consistent with other humane societies throughout the country.

Feral cats are an introduced predator in North America that annually kill billions of birds and mammals. They also spread potentially deadly zoonotic diseases such as rabies, toxoplasmosis, and many more.

Feeding feral cat colonies actually facilitates pet abandonment and perpetuates the problems caused by cats roaming the landscape.

We encourage other humane societies in Minnesota and Wisconsin to similarly end their misguided feeding policies and instead adopt practices that result in the rehabilitation and re-homing of these cats.

For more information, please visit American Bird Conservancy’s Cats Indoors program at www.abcbirds.org/cats.

Grant Sizemore and Shawn Graff, Washington, D.C.

Editor’s note: Sizemore is the Director of Invasive Species Programs American Bird Conservancy, and Graff is the Vice President of the Great Lakes Region American Bird Conservancy.

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