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FL: Health department's scare tactics jeopardize TNR efforts.


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Tell Gov. Scott that Florida Department of Health should change feral cat policy.

Community Cat Image Legislative Alert

Florida’s Department of Health has repeatedly stated that feral cat colonies pose a “persistent threat to communities from injury and disease.” This misinformation and scaremongering has been spread by opponents of trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs for years without any scientific backing.   
Claims by the Department of Health of increased risk of rabies transmission from TNR efforts are simply attempts to scare residents. In fact, the department’s own data show that the number of cats testing positive for rabies in the state has declined steadily over the past 20 years that TNR programs have become more popular. Research has shown that feral cats who have been sterilized and vaccinated for rabies pose virtually no risk to people. Florida has an impressive track record of successful TNR programs that have humanely controlled community cat populations in communities across the state.

Politics is not a spectator sport, so please take action today by sending an email directly to Gov. Scott and Lt. Gov. Lopez-Cantera, asking them to change the health department’s feral cat policies to embrace TNR. Phone calls are also very effective. You can use our online tool to find your elected official.
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Dear [Decision Maker],

Please demand that your Department of Health change its policy and promote TNR programs to reduce the community cat population.