There is not one case where feeding bans proven
Whether you love ’em or hate ’em, the goal is to reduce populations of free-roaming cats most often the result of an irresponsible community dumping unwanted pets.
This has been accomplished successfully by volunteers on Maui at no cost to the taxpayers. It is scientifically proven and internationally recognized the best way to sustainably and humanely accomplish this is with a TNRM (trap-neuter-return-manage) program. This bill seeks to control cat population by outlawing that and starving the animals.
Feeding bans have been tried before. There is not one case where it has been proven they work. They do result in unmaintained animals carrying parasites and disease ultimately dying in public places. In the meantime, they are raiding garbage cans and killing birds trying to survive. It is an unacceptable, archaic, inhumane solution to a problem already being managed by the efforts of volunteers and Maui Humane Society. All the work and money the shelter has put into their community cat program over the years will be for naught. In addition, at a time when Maui is trying to reboot its tourist industry, this will shock and disgust most visitors. Nothing says “aloha” like animal cruelty. I beg the committee to educate themselves and rethink this bill.