Outdoor Cats and Biodiversity: What Are the Ethical and Policy Implications?

Wednesday, 24 April 2013 @ 07:00 – 09:30

Visitor Center
Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge
680 Hudson Road
Sudbury, MA 01776
United States

Sponsored by Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, www.farnwr.org

The management of outdoor cats is one of the hottest issues in animal welfare and wildlife conservation today. Arguments rage over whether cats pose a threat to biodiversity, and if so, how that threat is best managed while protecting the welfare of cats. Those supporting lethal options may advocate the hunting, trapping and poisoning of cats. They are opposed by those advocating non-lethal measures such as trap-neuter-return (TNR), rescue and adoption, and sanctuaries. With a growing population of outdoor cats who are lost, abandoned, feral, and free-roaming, the issue is pressing and cries out for sound ethical solutions. This presentation discusses the ethical and policy issues that arise out of this debate, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge (FARNWR).

Free to the public, the talk will be followed by an open discussion.

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