Loews Hotels thinks it’s a good idea to call exterminators to rid of the feral cats surrounding the property. The cats were participants in a trap-neuter-return program and were being fed by employees.
Feral cats are not socialized which means they will be killed if taken to a shelter.
I think this is an animal welfare violation…watch this video from Alley Cat Allies- it explains everything.
You can also go to their website for more information and what you can do to stop it.
What are feral cats?
They are the same species as the domesticated house cat, however, they are not socialized to humans. They cannot be kept as pets and should not be taken to an animal shelter because they will be euthanized because they are not adoptable.
Feral cats survive outside and should stay there-except to participate in a Trap-Neuter-Return program (it is what is sounds like). Most veterinarians cut off the tip of one of the ears of the cat so that animal rescuers can tell if the cat has already been spayed or neutered without having to take it to the vet. Ear tipping is somewhat controversial, but it does no permanent damage to the cat and it can prevent a future traumatic and unnecessary trip to the vet. Ear tipping a feral cat is in no way comparable to ear-cropping of certain dogs, which is purely cosmetic and wrong.
So you can help the feral cats by volunteering with a Trap-Neuter-Return program with your local shelter.
Visit http://www.alleycat.org for more information about feral cats.