But practical significance is an issue in and of itself.”
I remember visiting Rome and coming across a local legend of a lady who was feeding the population of feral cats around the Coliseum with pasta and tuna – and the scrawniest, saddest looking cats were everywhere around the structure. In the Junction section of the west end of Toronto, there is a large feral cat population that runs alongside the rail corridor. Peter Marra, a wildlife professional and author of this article in the Washington Post estimates that there are any where from 80 to 120 million free-roaming cats in the US alone and that cats constitute the largest number of predators on the planet. The Toronto Humane Society estimates that between 20 000 and 100 000 cats live on the streets of Toronto. They have been introduced into most parts of the world, usually dumped by owners who are too lazy to find them a home, let alone get them neutered, or allowed to run free outside of their home and never to return. Trapping and euthanasia is the standard practice to deal with feral populations, but TNR is being adopted in many jurisdictions. TNR is supposed to have originated in Denmark and is now practiced in most US states at various levels, both by private individuals and by local SPCA’s.
TNR is a process of trapping cats from feral populations, testing and vaccinating for various diseases, based on the jurisdiction, neutering, and then returning them to the location where they were captured. It is offered as an alternative to euthanasia and it is the goal of various organizations like Alley Cat Allies and Stray Cat Alliance to achieve a “no-kill” state for humane societies and SPC’s all over the US. The scientific claims made by TNR proponents include:”
We can make a cell change its base purpose.