Sadly, Jefferson is not the only city to resort to killing feral cats to keep them off the streets. Many municipalities across the country still use this system, despite animal welfare concerns. The approach causes millions of healthy cats to be killed each year through taxpayer-funded animal control agencies.
“Catching and killing cats fails because of the vacuum effect. New cats move in to take advantage of the food and shelter," Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies, told The Dodo. "Trap-neuter-return is a sound public policy. Cats’ lives improve, and they can coexist with their human neighbors. Thousands of communities now benefit from [these] programs."