Golfview Park deemed inappropriate for feral cat colony

By Karen Fallon

In packed council chambers several children armed with signs joined the delegation led by Peggy Thompson to sway council into removing Golfview Park from the list of possible sites for a feral cat colony.

Thompson says the residents of Golfview Drive were surprised to learn that Golfview Park was on the list of potential sites to house a feral cat colony.

“We were under the impression that when the Cat Assistance Team was granted permission to use town owned property for their feral cat colonies, it was to be in a sparsely populated area,” she said.

In an effort to rid the town of its urban infestation of feral cats council had earlier agreed to investigate the possibility of donating a piece of municipal land to relocate and house feral and stray cats from the town’s urban areas.

Council chambers was packed Monday evening with residents holding signs opposing a Golfview Park cat colony

Possible locations which have been cited are: the Thomas Road storm pond area, Golfview Park – storm water area north of the park; Girard St.  – road allowance north of Brunner Ave. and Girard St. intersection, Ste. Jean Baptiste School – northeast corner; Briar Ridge Park – park area east of park equipment; Shaw Drive – storm water pond area; Mickle Park – south of park equipment and Bar Point Park – southeast of park equipment.

There are 185 homes on Golfview Drive of which 133 home owners have signed a petition against housing a feral cat colony in the area. Thirty non residents have also signed a petition in opposition of the  Golfview Park location. Both petitions were presented to council.

The area, says Thompson is not the appropriate location for a feral cat colony for a number of reasons, which include a decline on property values, both the children’s safety and that of the feral cats.

“We do not have a feral cat problem in our area and we don’t want one,” said Thompson.

Essex County Humane Society’s Melanie Coulter, continued Thompson, has indicated that moving cats from one location to another can “spread disease” and that feral cats are “not meant to be caged together.”

“It is a Bandage Solution, moving the feral cats from one location to another because the downtown area doesn’t want them.”

Council agreed with Thompson request to remove the site from the list. However, under New Business, discussion continued after Deputy Mayor Ron Sutherland put forth a motion to use the Thomas Road, former Nexen Chemical site, as a pilot for locating a cat colony.

Councillor John Sutton noted that council had earlier committed to a public meeting regarding site selection.

The public meeting, noted Sutherland, would still go ahead if the motion passed.

“There are a lot of unanswered questions out there regarding liability,” said Sutton. “I think we are setting ourselves up for a whole bailiwick of issues without devoting proper study to it.”

“This is created by irresponsible pet owners and to saddle the municipality with the problem is in itself irresponsible,” he continued.

Although the town will be providing the land for the cat colony it will be constructed, funded and maintained by Cat Assistance Team Amherstburg, which is a not-for-profit organization made up of volunteers.

However Councillor Robert Pillon asked rhetorically: “Who is going to take care of these cats say after two years if the money drops out or people get discouraged?

“Who is to say that they will all be Amherstburg cats to begin with? Communities are already talking about bringing their damn cats down here,” Pillon added.

Although there are challenges regarding cat colonies program they continue to be successful in other places such as Halifax and Ottawa, says councillor Carolyn Davies.

There have already been reports of people poisoning the cats, she noted. Although, she pointed out this dangerous practice could result in the accidental poisoning of other pet cats, dogs and even children.

“We have ourselves a social problem,” said Davies, who pointed out that with the support of a silent majority” who are in favor of such a program it has helped the Cat Assistance Team to win $10,000 from the Pepsi Challenge.

“I hope we have a responsible community that responds in a mature and thoughtful way that reflects that Amherstburg is welcoming not only to humans but to animals that have been abandoned,” said Davies.

Under a recorded vote Sutherland’s motion squeaked through with councillors Sutton, Pillon and Mayor Wayne Hurst voting against it.

6 responses to “Golfview Park deemed inappropriate for feral cat colony”

  1. Woodsman says:

    Don’t, for even one moment, fall for the song and dance about cat-lovers being animal-lovers, they are anything but that. They don’t have ONE concern about any other animals nor even other humans. Cat-lovers are just like cats, the only thing they care about are themselves.

    Their TNR (trap, neuter, release) programs are a dismal failure too. A smokescreen and time and money waster. Don’t let anyone try to convince you otherwise. Do a search online for the truth about all TNR failures. Cats are an invasive species. Bred by man for man’s purposes through selective-breeding, a form of genetic engineering. They are NOT an indigenous species anywhere on the planet today and have NO PLACE in nature. They have NO natural predators due to their bold patterns in their coats. ALL wildlife sees this as the universal symbol for toxic or olfactory defense mechanisms and won’t go near them, even if starving. They have no more right to be out in the natural world than some genetically engineered insect that, if released out into nature, would destroy all wildlife. JUST AS CATS DO. A cat destroying wildlife is NO MORE NATURAL than if someone was raising piranha for pets and then dumping a tank of them into your bath with you in it, or in local swimming areas, or in your backyard pools. They deserve the same freedoms as cats, don’t they? In fact, this would be even more natural, the piranha haven’t been genetically engineered through selective breeding to make them unique from all other fishes.

    These invasive-species cats that are released will still be decimating the food-chain for all native wildlife. If you feed a TNR cat-colony they kill even more wildlife. A well-fed cat kills more animals than a starving one. They don’t stop killing other animals just because they’re no longer hungry. The healthier they are the more they kill. It’s what they do, it’s what they are. Lousy little killing machines, nothing more.

    It’s not just the loss of bird populations either. Feral cats and farmers that let theirs roam free have decimated the natural food-chain in my woods. The resident foxes, owls, and other predator animals no longer had a food source. The feral cats maimed and mauled all the smaller animals for use as live play-toys, all dying a slow agonizing death, senselesslty destroying all animals that other native wildlife depended on as a food source. The native species all starved to death. That’s what cats do to ALL native animals.

    There has also been research done to prove that cats are now spreading their potentially deadly Toxoplasma gondii parasite-disease to wildlife even in remote areas.

    http://www.labspaces.net/view_news_comments.php?newsID=110760

    When disposing of cat carcasses now, be sure to bury them deeply enough or incinerate them so no other wildlife can become infected by them from eating the cat-meat. Wear gloves while doing so to protect yourself as well. Women who are pregnant can have their child born with severe neural birth defects (microcephaly or hydrocephaly) or miscarry or be still-born; or those with compromised immune systems (taking anti-rejection medication for transplants and skin-grafts at ANY time during your lifetime) can be deadly if you have contracted this disease. People with HIV may not be able to be kept alive by drugs if they contract this cats’ disease.

    I live where it is perfectly legal to defend your property and animals from destruction by others’ animals. I lost count after dispatching the first 20 vermin with a good .22, outfitted with laser-sight and zoom rifle-scope. I didn’t have to waste even one bullet, making this solution highly economical as well. 5000 rounds of .22’s on sale for $15, that’s 3 dead cats per penny! No further costs, ever. Think of how many dollars and hours of your lives that you have spent trapping, transporting, calling, complaining, restoring damaged property, et.al. … and still all the problems that these useless cat-lovers have caused remains. If your aim is good this is far more humane than methods that “humane” societies use. Instead of dying a slow death by animal-shelter methods they don’t even know they’ve been shot. It is now the preferred method for disposing of feral cats in many states. (In fact, shooting is too good for them. By all rights, to make things perfectly even, they should be made to starve a slow death, just like they caused to all the predator wildlife. Or maimed with entrails hanging out to die a slow death, just like they did to all the prey they destroyed and never ate. But I’m not as inhumane as cat-lovers and their cats are.)

    It’s time to give cats and cat-lovers the same consideration and respect that they have for all humans and all wildlife–that means NONE. Don’t waste your time arguing with disrespectful, inconsiderate, and ignorant cat-lovers either, as I stupidly tried to do for years. Just do what needs to be done and there’ll be nothing to argue about.

    This year owls and foxes have returned to my woods. Through a large effort of my own, including raising and releasing native mice and voles to help repopulate some of the species that their useless cats destroyed. Their lousy cats are finally gone. But I’ll shoot again on first-sight the first chance I get. The rewards for ridding one’s land of ALL cats and restoring the native wildlife population are far too great.

    If you don’t have approval from your local law enforcement like I did to fix the myriad problems that all “cat-lovers” have created for all of humanity and the world, then you might be interested in a far more effective cat management program than TNR. It’s called SSS — for Shoot, Shovel, & Shut-up. It’s now popular worldwide and “legal” everywhere. It may be the only thing that saves us from this ecological disaster that all the spineless and ecologically-ignorant law-makers have created. The drastic problems that cat-lovers have created by their blatant disrespect and lack of consideration for their environment, all other humans, and all animals now requires drastic actions by all those who actually care. It takes real strength of heart to do the right thing.

    Here’s a little insight to help you further understand the root-cause of the problem. Now you’ll know EXACTLY why cat-lovers do what they do. It really has nothing at all to do with their concern for cats, nor even the lives of anyone nor anything else, quite the opposite.

    Human Territorial Behavior By Expendable Proxy

    I have come to the inexorable conclusion that the vast majority of cat-lovers and cat-owners that let their destructive invasive-species roam free, and especially those that defend the rights of feral cats to overtake public property and wildlife areas, are only (cowardly) using cats as a proxy for their own territorial behavior. Not unlike uneducated inner-city youth that will disrespectfully and inconsiderately use loud music to stake-out a territory for themselves. As long as they can have one of their possessions defecate in another’s yard or destroy their property, animals, and wildlife, and the yard-owner not have any recourse; the cat-owner owns that territory. It’s time to put a stop to them using their “cute kitty” excuse for usurping and stealing others’ property. If they want territory they can buy it just like anyone else. Instead they’re using underhanded, disrespectful, and manipulative means. By putting (and sacrificing) live animals in the path of their envy and greed. Again proving why they don’t care about cats nor anyone else at all. Cat-lovers only really want your lawn, yard, or forest while making all others and all other animals suffer for what they can’t have nor own. Bottom line–they want to control you and your property. That’s ALL that “cat-lovers” are really after. It’s why they don’t care at all if their cat nor any other animals, nor even other humans, get harmed by their goals and (lack of) values in life.

  2. Mr. Cranky says:

    How does your cat hatred relate to Big Creek?

  3. Woodsman says:

    I have zero hatred of cats. Just an intense dislike and total lack of respect for the completely disrespectful, inconsiderate, ignorant, and criminally-negligent cat-owners that have caused this diseases-spreading ecological disaster. As well as the needless cruelty and torture of all other animals by using their cats to do so. Then they even unconscionably fight for the right to make it continue and even expand their efforts to torture and destroy all other wildlife. If it weren’t for them I wouldn’t have to destroy the lives of their cats to undo all the damage they have caused to all others and all other wildlife. I take no joy in destroying their cats. But the joy from what it brings is immeasurable. My woods and land have never been so full and rich with interesting wildlife before. And songbirds I’ve never heard in my life before have now nested in my woods. Some warblers that are rated in the top-10 songbirds of the world.

    What a shame that your life and the lives of all other cat-lovers is so empty with cats. Maybe that’s why you hate and destroy all other life on earth with your cats.

  4. Woodsman says:

    Here is an interesting post from someone who believed in all the lies she was told about TNR programs, found at http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2011/05/the-secret-lives-of-feral-cats/

    “I have been battling a feral cat population explosion on my farmette for 7 years. TNR does not work, as the trapped and neutered cats do not keep new cats from moving in and adding kittens. I have trapped over 25 kittens, tamed them, and found homes for them, but every spring there are dozens more. I have spent countless dollars neutering females and males, but they just keep coming! I have few wild birds now, fewer snakes, and there are bunny parts all over my property (cats must not particularly like the back feet). I wish there was a birth-control feed available, since many of these feral cats don’t come near the traps even when hungry. I wish every pet owner would neuter their cats so that these colonies weren’t added to.
    These are not happy feral cats, they frequently have infected eyes, worms, and are skinny and mangey. I don’t know what the answer is, but even in the country, a feral cat doesn’t live a secure, comfortable life.

    Comment by Dawn Hawes — June 21, 2011 @ 9:38 am”

    And YOU TOO can have a financially-distressed, ruled-by-cats, life like this if you also believe in all their TNR LIES.

  5. Mr. Cranky says:

    I think a cat colony near Golfview Estates would be marvellous. I can only imagine the outrage as residents trot in front of Mayor Floyd and company and explain to everyone in attendance that they have a quarter of a million dollar home.

  6. Woodsman says:

    Here’s another Fun-Fact that trap-advocates fail to realize, in their infinite ignorance of how animal-behavior and evolution works.

    Those cats that have learned to avoid and evade all trapping methods are the next generation to survive. Ever hear the old adage, “If you invent a better mousetrap nature will just invent a better mouse.”?

    So now, thanks to the supreme stupidity and ignorance of trap-advocates, we have a race of freely roaming cats in all countrysides of every continent which are passing on their “how to survive” behavior to all their offspring, both genetically and behaviorally. Now the next phase of millions of feral-cats won’t even be able to be trapped. This is just how amazingly stupid trap-advocates are. You thought 150,000,000 feral cats was bad? In colloquial terms, “You ain’t seen nuthin’ yet!”

    There’s a reason the phrase “hunted to extinction” is so well-known in all cultures across all lands. It is the ONLY method that is faster than a species can breed and adapt to.

    By the way, look up the term these TNR advocates just LOVE to use on how they reduce their feral-cat numbers, their candy-coating feel-good term of “Death by Attrition”. This means that the cat will die from disease, cat-attacks, animal-attacks, exposure to the elements, being road-kill, starvation, and any other means that drastically shortens the life of those cats. ALL their cats suffering for how many months or years it takes to die that way. In many parts of this country and the world this clearly falls under the guidelines for cruelty to animals, animal-abuse, and animal-abandonment laws.

    If you want to raise revenue for your towns and cities in order to deal with this invasive-species ecological-disaster properly, start charging all these TNR advocates with severe fines and imprisonment for CRUELTY TO ANIMALS. Not only are they cruelly torturing cats, but also all the wildlife that they inflict their cats upon.

    They’re not doing this out of any goodness of their hearts. THEY DON’T HAVE HEARTS. Proved, 100%.