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Letter: TNVR programs are effective and humane

TNVR programs are effective and humane

A Lackawanna writer is wrong in attempting to link TNVR (trap-neuter-vaccinate-return) and public health threats. The Centers for Disease Control states: “People are more likely to get toxoplasmosis from gardening or eating raw meat than from a cat.” The CDC website also indicates that of 49 human rabies cases from 1995 to 2011, none was due to cats, and 40 years of U.S. data show no human cases caused by cats.

TNVR actually provides free-roaming cats with veterinary care equal to or greater than some pet or barn cats. Pet owners should follow vaccine protocols, but one vaccine is better than none and may be effective for a number of years. PETA’s representative would have us kill beings to prevent suffering, disease or cruelty; how many of us would be left?

It is ironic that Gerry Rising’s anti-TNVR Nature Watch column appeared below an article detailing the hunting to near extinction of the pangolin. Should any bird or mammal that hunts others be condemned, or only cats? Humans are the cause of cats being outdoors and of many threats to endangered species.

Many organizations and government entities have joined the 21st century, evaluated actual data and support TNVR. Trap and kill is inhumane and ineffective. One official in Johnson City, Ind., stated: “We’re not killing cats … not killing a healthy animal is always the right thing to do.”

Karen E. Waible