This is in reference to an earlier letter this week, "Cat ordinance out of line," (July 12).
Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies in Bethesda, Md., is speaking from a paid position; otherwise she might modify her statement that "scientific research shows feral cats to be just as healthy as pet cats."
As a dog owner, I know how healthy my pet dogs are. They get flea and tick bites, both have had excruciating ear infections, they are subject to worms, mange, rabies, tooth rot and loss, arthritis, cancer and accidents, and they suffer threats from larger animals.
Outside, in the extreme heat and cold, they would suffer miserably. However, my pet animals get medical attention, inoculations pain relievers, dental careand flea and tick preventatives.
They are protected by their fenced lawn and leashes and they spend their days on comfortable beds inside a temperature-controlled house.
Hmm. I guess that is just as healthy as a feral cat's experience. Hadn't thought of it that way before.
My suggestion to the community and to the Columbia City Council would be to round them up and humanely euthanize the entire lot. It would be the kindest thing to do, by far, if one really examined the alternatives.
People may get all excited about the suffering of cats, but they don't seem to use common sense. Which cats are they feeding? They are feeding the very ones who can already help themselves.
The weak, the injured, the old, the irretrievably anti-social and the kittens languish in the background — in misery.
Human up, people. These cats are not your children.
Julia Williams is a small business owner in Columbia.