When I launched Vox Felina in April, 2010, it was, I wrote, driven in part by “the flawed science promoted by many TNR opponents” and “the unbalanced—often dishonest—nature of the feral cat/TNR debate.” Five and a half years later, so-called scientists continue to churn out junk science (often a taxpayer expense) and the debate over community cats is, it seems to me, only rarely engaged in with sufficient rigor and integrity.
(That said, it also seems to me that elected officials are increasingly able to see through the empty rhetoric and fear-mongering that’s become boilerplate among TNR opponents—and choosing TNR as a result.)
In any case, it’s clear that there’s more work to be done. Thankfully, when it comes to lifesaving efforts, there’s also a great deal of support available. Witness, for example, the invitation I recently received from Maddie’s Institute, to host a webcast in which I challenge some of the most common myths surrounding community cats.
No arm-twisting was required.
And so, this Thursday evening: How to Bust Myths about Community Cats with Science. The webcast begins at 9:00 pm on the East Coast, and registration is free. For more information, check out the Maddie’s website.
I hope to “see” you all there!