Craig Street Cats
Candidates Asked to State Position on Community Cat Program
Winnipeg, MB, October 22, 2018: Candidates in Winnipeg's civic election are being asked to state their position on a Pledge of Compassion and Action for Winnipeg's community cats. Craig Street Cats has started an email campaign encouraging voters to email their candidates regarding the issue.
According to CSC Executive Director, Lynne Scott, voters are being asked to email their candidates, and report back on any replies they receive. The following sample email has been posted for general use:
I am writing over my concern about the community cat problem in Winnipeg, and would like to know your position on the subject. Please indicate your support for a comprehensive, compassionate, course of action to help manage Winnipeg's cat population by responding to the following pledge:
There are over 100,000 community cats living on Winnipeg's streets, and the population continues to grow.
If elected to Winnipeg City Council, I, _____________________, pledge to help the cats. I will support a comprehensive feline population control program to humanely control the feline population and prevent suffering.
Such a program would include, but is not limited to:
-- adoption of trap, neuter, return as the preferred method of population control for Winnipeg's community cats
-- implementation of an affordable and accessible spay/neuter program.
Thank you for taking the time to reply. Your response will help me decide how to cast my vote.
Scott says the campaign was prompted by Animal Services' treatment of citizens who are trying to manage the cat population in their neighbourhood, using trap, neuter, return. "It truly is time for this city to move into the 21st century with its animal control bylaw, and stop harassing those who are doing the city's job for them."
About Craig Street Cats: Craig Street Cats is a non-profit organization working to humanely reduce Winnipeg's free roaming cat population, rescue kittens and educate the public about community cats. CSC is the largest cat specific animal welfare organization in Winnipeg, caring for over 750 cats in its managed colonies, foster homes and adoption centre.