From: MARIAN HUSSENBUX [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, 22 November 2006 11:41 PM
Subject: WuLing Gardens
Dear Jia Meng and all friends in CatsZone,
Quaker Concern for Animals in Britain has been informed about the local community conflict over the stray cats in WuLing Garden Apartments, Hangzhou.
Our organization, which is linked to The Religious Society of Friends (Britain) supports the work and thinking of CatsZone and CCAPN on the subject of the humane control of stray cats. We consider that we all have a duty and responsibility to be compassionate and respectful towards all sentient beings, both human and non-human animals, and we send our prayers and good wishes to all the residents of WuLing Garden Apartments. We hope that a humane programme of desexing will be implemented and the cats appreciated for the wonderful beings they are. They are, like us, God’s creatures too. We hold you all in the Light.
Marian Hussenbux, for the committee and members of Quaker Concern for Animals, Britain.
From: email@example.com [firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of cateanna
Sent: Tuesday, 21 November 2006 3:36 AM
Subject: Stray cats over population problem
Killing stray cats has been proven over and over to be a complete
waste of time. New cats will appear to take the empty places.
It has been shown that more than 30 years of trapping and euthanizing
cats has done nothing to reduce feral cat populations.
In fact, communities using this approach generally have more cats
Why? Simply removing cats only makes territory and food resources
available for other cats to move in.
This is called the vacuum effect, and it has been observed worldwide.
Feral cats are prolific breeders; they will rapidly reestablish their
The only effective method to reduce feral cat populations is spay and
neuter—sterilize to stop reproduction.
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the full-scale sterilization,
vaccination, and management program that reduces feral cat numbers,
both immediately and for the long-term.
In TNR, stray and feral cats are humanely trapped, then evaluated,
vaccinated, and sterilized by veterinarians. Rabies vaccinations are
given if required. Kittens and tame (stray) cats may be adopted into
homes, while healthy adult feral cats are returned to their outdoor
territories to be monitored and cared for by neighborhood volunteers.
TNR costs one-third to one-half less than the cost to trap, hold,
euthanize, and dispose of feral cats. It also frees up the time and
resources of animal control for other work.
Is TNR a quick solution? There is no quick solution, but TNR shows
results from the first day. No more kittens are born. Adult cats live
out their lives. The resident, sterilized cats do not welcome new
stray cats into their territory so this acts as a deterrent for new
cats to arrive. If any new cats do arrive, Caregivers can trap and
sterilize them as they did with the resident cats.
It's important to understand that the Caregivers do not establish cat
colonies. Feral cats naturally congregate in colonies.
Sterilization will alter the behavior of the stray cats — there will
be less aggression, noise and objectionable mating behaviors.
Feral cat overpopulation exists because for decades no attention was
given to cats, their prolific breeding, and the inevitable results of
abandoning intact felines to fend for themselves.
From: Le Petit Chien [email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 21 November 2006 2:03 AM
Dear Hangzhou Officials,
We support CatsZone's work on the issue of intervening with the Hangzhou
Stray Cats Issue that ought to be solved in as civilized manner possible.
Overpopulated strays don't deserve to die, they deserve to be caught and
brought elsewhere to remain together, if circumstances of a live compatible
to their needs can be given.
The complicated problem of overpopulating stray cats (according to the 73-joint-letter)
ought allways to be discussed with local Animal Rights Organisation(s) in regard to solve this
in a way, that collectively can be approved by many animallovers among Hangzhou citizens.
'In Pain and Torment, Animals are our Equals,
Let us show them we can do better!!'
Le Petit Chien,
Amsterdam, The Netherlands (EU)
From: Meow8737@aol.com [mailtMeow8737@aol.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 21 November 2006 12:52 PM
Hello, my name is Deborah.
I so Thank-you for your efforts.
If cats are not "spayed-neutered" the population shall continue!!!
With respect, all animals, like humans DESERVE that respect!!!!!
As, animals, like humans are part of the,"Great Creators " plan!!!
From: Nika Maria [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, 21 November 2006 8:32 PM
We are animal advocates from Greece. We are not members of an
organisation or anything like that but we would like to express our
support to the humane solution you propose as well as our compassion to
these poor creatures, which unfortunately pay for human's mistakes.
Stray animals have not come from another planet. People "create" stray
animals by dumping animals they used to have as pets or by not taking
care of sterilize them. A sterilization programm would be the best
solution for the animals and the people as well.
With best regards,
Katerina and Maria Nika,
From: email@example.com [firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Cate
Sent: Sunday, 26 November 2006 4:01 PM
Subject: [aapn] Congratulations to CatsZone/CCAPN
Congratulations to CatsZone/CCAPN on convincing a local community to agree to TNR (trap/neuter/return) as a means of dealing with conflict over stray cats.
Hopefully the first TNR this week will go well and even members of the community who dislike cats or are opposed to animals being sterilized will be influenced in a positive way by the efforts of the group.
Congratulations also on the release of CCAPN and CatsZone's latest guide on effective and humane stray cat population control.
CatsZone is a web-based animal welfare organization, operating in Hangzhou city and surrounds in Zhejiang, China.
CatsZone deals with issues of companion animal overpopulation and irresponsible pet ownership through public education, an animal fostering scheme, animal rescue and the introduction of animal welfare theory into China.