Reform at the long troubled pound in Escambia Co Florida is getting some support from county commissioners. Specifically, the commissioners had planned to discuss the implementation of a TNR program for the community’s feral cats at its July 24 public meeting. But on July 23, the US Fish and Wildlife Service sent a nastygram to the commissioners, threatening them with jail if they moved forward with TNR.
Instead, the US Fish and Wildlife Service encouraged the county to continue trapping and killing its community’s cats. Because that’s what the US Fish and Wildlife Service does: kill animals. Last year, the agency killed 4 million animals, in addition to mailing out threatening letters I guess.
The Escambia Co TNR ordinance was tabled until the August 14 meeting so that the county attorney could advise commissioners on
what to expect in prison their legal options.
Commissioner Grover Robinson seems like he gets it:
“Clearly what we’ve got isn’t working,” the commissioner said. “We’re killing 5,000 cats a year, and it hasn’t made a dent.” He added that whatever concerns conservationists and public health officials had likely would apply regardless of whether the county moved forward with TNR.
“The whole reason we’re considering this is because we believe it will lead to fewer cats in the long term,” Robinson said.
No more calls, I think we have a winner.
If you live in Escambia Co and would like to voice your support for TNR, the commissioners meeting is at 9am on August 14:
Ernie Lee Magaha Governmental Complex, 221 S. Palafox Place
(Thanks Clarice for the link.)