Eyewitnesses say cats left uncovered in traps for hours in hot sun; injuries reported
BETHESDA, Md., April 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today condemned the Loews Royal Pacific, Loews Portofino, and Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Resorts in Orlando, Fla., after eyewitnesses reported cruel treatment by a trapping company hired to remove a longtime colony of feral cats living at the properties, and called on Loews to stop the trapping immediately.
"We have heard horrible reports of cats held outside in traps for up to nine hours, baking in the hot sun and in temperatures of 90 degrees with no food or water. Eyewitnesses have posted photos of cats who have been injured from the frantic struggle to free themselves – at least two with a bloody nose, another with a gash on her head," said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies.
"The trappers, called Critter Control, are clearly not following humane best practices," said Robinson. "Proper protocol dictates that the traps should be continuously monitored, covered by a sheet or towel immediately after trapping to minimize stress and chance of injury for the cat, and removed to a safe, quiet place. Worse, the cats have been suffering, denied food for more than a week. And, employees' jobs have been threatened if they are caught feeding them."
"Loews markets itself as a 'pet-friendly' company but this is a massive lie," Robinson continued. "Loews refused to consider humane options for the cats despite our and others' repeated invitations to work with the company to address any concerns."
Robinson noted that the cats at the Loews Orlando resorts are feral cat colonies that have been neutered, vaccinated and cared for by employees as part of a longtime Trap-Neuter-Return program. The cats were living peaceful, healthy lives and no longer breeding. Trap-Neuter-Return is the only effective and humane approach to feral cats, because it stabilizes the population and makes the cats healthier and better neighbors.
"We call on Loews to stop this inhumane trapping immediately," said Robinson. "There is still time for them to do the right thing by these cats and allow them to live at the place they've called home for years."
About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has more than 260,000 supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities, and organizations save and improve the lives cats and kittens nationwide. Their web site is www.alleycat.org.
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