BITING criticism of cat colony treatment has seen the official policy of Almeria’s ruling Popular Party described as absurd.
Socialist councillor Ines Plaza says it is crazy to concentrate colonies of wild cats around only a few key areas.
She claims that the government should take a leaf out the book of other major European cities which embrace their street cat populations, putting them to good use. She argues that the very idea that an entire population of cats can simply be moved to different areas, without them returning, betrays a basic ignorance of the animal.
It would be far better, Plaza argues, to encourage community solutions and take advice from the hundreds of anonymous caregivers who help look after wild cats, feeding and sterilising them. The capture, sterilise, release programme has seen many neighbourhoods embrace their pest killing cat populations. Plaza fear that plans to create giant colonies will destroy all this good work.
Under council plans the super cat colonies will be moved to the outskirts of the city and largely left to fend for themselves.