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    Unhappy JFK airport cats at risk of being euthanized

    October 26, 2007 -- Kennedy Airport is finally doing something about overcrowding - it's booting the more than 100 feral cats cluttering its runways.
    Despite protests from animal activists, the Port Authority has begun a kitty crackdown - targeting first a group living near a parking lot for Delta Airline's cargo facility.
    Smaller round-ups have been going on since the summer, when the agency, with the help of federal wildlife officials, began trapping colonies of cats elsewhere on the grounds.
    Many are descendants of pets that escaped their cages after arriving at the airport. Others were abandoned by owners.
    For decades, they have made the overgrown fields, parking lots, hangars and depots their home. Workers and animal activists estimate there are six feral-cat "colonies" spread throughout JFK's 5,000 acres.
    They rely on the kindness of cat-loving airport workers, who leave a canned food around the grounds.
    "Some of the guys call them and pet them," said Narine Sriprasad, a shuttle-bus driver who says about 20 cats live under a depot's engine room. "They are not scared. They're friendly."
    The PA says getting rid of the cats will make it safer for passengers and air crews.
    "This is ultimately a safety issue and an unsafe condition being created," said PA spokesman Pasquale DiFulco, noting that food left for the cats can attract birds, which fly into jet engines.
    "Birds and aeronautical areas do not mix," he said.
    "We are not going to jeopardize the safety of more than 46 million air passengers who use JFK Airport."
    But cat lovers are howling, since the felines will be turned over to Animal Care and Control and most euthanized.
    "They'll absolutely be killed," said Valerie Sicignano, director of the NYC Feral Cat Initiative.
    "They kill domestic cats and certainly ferals that are unadoptable.
    "Their [the PA's] solution is not the nationally recognized one," Sicignano said.
    Her group met with PA officials and the airport's wildlife biologist and volunteered to trap, neuter and vaccinate the cats free of charge. Some cats would be put up for adoption and others returned to the airport. But the offer was turned down.
    The airport was very tolerant of the cats until recently, said a worker who helped get 58 in one colony neutered during the last few years. "Then we were told we are not allowed to feed them," he said. jfanelli@nypost.com

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    I can understand the problem, but I hate to think all these cats are going to be euthanized. Maybe an airport adoption program or something would have been better.

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    Yeah, they should try to trap them and adopt them out...considering some of the cats are there do to the airport employees negligence.

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    If people are volunteering to trap them and find homes for them, what is the issue? Why would they turn that down? Idiots. There are too many cat haters out there.

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    Let the volunteers trap them, it wouldn't take long, and could solve the problem. I fail to see how these cats are compromising the safety of the commercial airliners. And, yes, I have been a General Aviation Pilot, and do know about this. The food left for cats may attract birds, but the cats will eat the birds. Birds are more of a hazard in flight, than taking off and landing. There are many air fields where ground nests exist happily beside the runways. Someone is just on a mission.
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    all the people that are bitching, should trap them and adopt them into their own home. problem solved. <eyeroll>
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    They should catch them and neuter them and then send them to Rat Island. The rats are killing off all the habitat. So the cats could take care of the rats while running wild and then they would just die iff as well.

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    ^link doesn't work^

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    Miami Beach had a huge (and probably still does) population of feral cats. Local folklore was that when the island was settled, locals brought in cats to take care of the rat population. Those cats bred, and so on and so on. The weather in Miami Beach is not a concern, so the cats live for several years. One year, they decided to pay a bounty hunter of sorts to trap and kill the cats. $25 bucks a cat. The citizens were pissed and said that the $25 could be used to spay or neuter the cat and allow it to go back out, provided it was in good health. That's what they did. The cats that were sick were euthanized but the others were allowed to recover in the Miami Beach PD stables and were returned to their 'hood

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    KrisNine, that sounds like a solition that worked!
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