Why Capture & Sterilise?

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Sterilization Campaign underway in the village of ClansFrom stray cat to free cat:  years of fighting

Smell of urine, yowling during mating season, proliferation, development of epizootics… complaints against stray cats are numerous.  Before January 6, 1999, the ‘Code Rural’ advocated euthanasia, forgetting that our friends play a role as a filter against certain pests – mice and rats – that pose a much more serious sanitary risk.

The foundation 30 Millions d’Amis’ goal is to show that the problem of stray cat overpopulation can be solved by sterilization.  This reasoning is born of the official report that euthanasia or the displacement of cat colonies is ineffective against proliferation. 

On the one hand, spaying and neutering automatically stabilizes the population that continues to play its role as filter against pests (rats, mice,…) and on the other hand, it curbs the problem of yowling and bad odors.

A first legal battle won in January 1999

Feral cats investigating a trapArticle 8 of the law 99-5 has finaly recognized the work of associations that protect ‘free’ cats (chats libres) by legalizing their action as a substitute to euthanasia.  This practice, respecting the French’s sensibility with regards to the lives of the most unfortunate companion animals, is as effective as it is popular.

(Translated from an article taken from 30 Millions d’Amis’ website)




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