• An ethical way to control cat populations
  • With the animal welfare law still in the air, after the controversial PSOE amendment that excludes hunting dogs from it was approved, the Ministry of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda has opened a call for municipalities throughout Spain to they can request financial help for the application of the CER method (Capture, sterilization and return) in feline colonies that they manage

    “Today, the populations of cats in the street constitute one of the emerging issues in the field of municipal management and animal protection throughout the national territory”, explain in the Official State Gazette (BOE). “The abandonment of cats and their multiplication has favored the proliferation of feline colonies that require a response that should not be postponed in time, requiring immediate action plans.”

    From the Ministry, they consider that the traditional methods of removal and extermination of the cats that populate the streets “have been shown to be ineffective” In addition to being a “complicated legal and ethical fit”, for this reason, they are committed to the CER method that the protectors and many town halls have already been applying for a long time, offering financial support to the municipalities that are applying it.

    The responsibility of management, care and safeguarding of feral/community cat populationsknown as feline colonies in the municipalities where they reside is from the public administrations, specifically, are the responsibility of the municipalities.


    An ethical way to control cat populations

    Why is the method of capturing cats not effective? According to the ministry’s statement, this system is “ineffective” since it “In those places where cats have been captured, others have reappeared. “This is due to the so-called empty effect, which causes other cats to repopulate the area,” they say.

    “On the contrary, some municipalities have been ethically managing feline colonies for years using the CER method, a scientific method consisting of the capture, sterilization and return of the community cat to its colony, which, applied in many municipalities in Spain, has allowed many of these colonies have already disappeared and that the few that exist have a very small number of individuals“, they assure in the BOE.

    With the application of this method it is intended provide solutions to three major problems faced by Spanish municipalities: the health and well-being of feral/community cats, neighborhood conflicts due to noise and disturbances from non-sterilized cats, markings and invasions of their properties; and public health problems, due to malpractice in feeding and caring for cats or the lack of management in this regard.

    Some municipalities have been ethically managing feline colonies for years using the CER method

    “Being aware that most of the local entities are over budgeted, financial support from the State to local entities is essential to be able to progressively extend CER feline colony management programs to all municipalities“As well as improving the living conditions of these animals,” they explain from the ministry.

    For this reason, the Government “establishes a line of subsidies aimed exclusively at covering expenses related to this activity“, concludes the text. To apply for this grant, it is necessary to meet the requirements and apply within the period specified in the BOE through this link.