Thursday, July 19, 2012

Stop Killing Feral Cats in Switzerland

Please take a moment to sign this online petition to ask the Swiss government to consider Trap-Neuter-Return as a way to help control the feral cat population. Click here to sign the petition.

As far back as 2008, Animal People Magazine has been writing about cruelty to cats in Switzerland, in particular the Swiss fur trade.  While most people insisted that the cat fur trade in Switzerland is small, any trading in cat fur should be illegal.  According to the article, "But [Tony] Paterson [of the London Independent] confirmed that some cats are skinned in Switzerland. At the Ark Farm in Huttwil, where a store caters to craft artists, Paterson found a "pile of cat pelts lying on a table...on sale with sheepskins, whole calf skins, and fox pelts for five Swiss francs each," worth about $5.00 U.S.

A news article on July 11th, 2012 brought to light that Reinhard Schnidrig, the head of the Swiss environmental ministry's hunting division said that “Domestic cats have no place in nature, specifically not in the forests and mountains. We should capture them, kill them 'humanely' and not release them. Domestic stray cats become a major issue for local biodiversity,” in an email to Tomi Tomek, director of cat rescue organization SOS Chats.

Considering how it has been shown over and over that it is impossible to kill all the cats on an island, even using methods like poisoning the food supply, how on earth would it be possible to kill all the feral cats in in a forested or mountainous region?  Please sign the petition and let Swiss officials know that killing feral cats will not help the situation.