In Michael Appleby, Dan Weary & Peter Sandoe (eds.), Dilemmas in Animal Welfare. CABI International. pp. 148-168 (2014)

Clare Alexandra Palmer
Texas A&M University
This chapter explores the key values at stake in feral cat management, focusing on the debate over whether to use trap-neuter-return or trap-euthanize as management tools for cat populations. The chapter provides empirical background on unowned cats, sketches widely used arguments in favour of reducing cat populations and considers how these arguments relate to important and widely held values including the value of lives, subjective experiences and species. The chapter promotes critical understanding of the diverse value positions that may be at play in debates about the treatment of ownerless cats.
Keywords companion animals  animal ethics  feral cats  environmental value  wildlife conservation  neutering  trap-neuter-return
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