In light of the considerable number of stray cats in Manilva, the Gatos y Amigos association has held a meeting with the environment councillor, Dean Shelton, to come to an agreement about the management of the cat population.
The members of the association have told the town hall that their current extermination plan is ineffective. “It is an infringement of animal rights and an unnecessary cost for the town hall”, they said. For them, the only way to control the population is sterilisation, applying the TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) method to the stray cats. Neutering cats also makes them calmer and less territorial.
The association also wants to create specific feeding points for the cats, which would prevent people feeding the cats elsewhere and causing waste in the area. They also want to be given special passes giving them permission to feed them.