A recent feral cat management report from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln raises humane and ethical concerns, according to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Although the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) recognizes the need to address the issue of feral cats, it believes sections within the UNL report can lead to unnecessary pain and suffering of cats.
As a veterinary association dedicated to the health and welfare of companion animals, it is shocking that a university publication would advocate shooting and the use of leg-hold traps as acceptable methods to control/exterminate free-roaming cats. These methods are indiscriminate, inhumane and are unacceptable for the purpose of cat population management.
AAHA opposes these inhumane methods and believes that alternative non-lethal forms of population control should be explored. AAHA would like to extend an invitation to the Division of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to speak with the AAHA Animal Welfare Taskforce on more humane and effective ways to manage feral cat populations.
AAHA Positions Statements on leg-hold traps and euthanasia can be found online at www.aahanet.org.
The American Animal Hospital Association is an international organization of 6,000 veterinary care teams, comprised of more than 45,000 veterinary professionals, who are committed to excellence in companion animal care. Established in 1933, the Association is well-known among veterinarians for its leadership in the profession, high standards for veterinary practices and pet health care, and most importantly, its accreditation of companion animal practices. For more information about AAHA, visit the Association online at www.aahanet.org.