Update on the Feral Cat Feeding Ban
Another post from the human:
If you read our last post, you know about the City of Anaheim’s recent ban on feeding feral cats.
Even in the last week, there have been several updates to the news regarding this ordinance, and I want to do whatever I can to help set the record straight (remember, though, that this is an unofficial site and is not affiliated with Disney or the City of Anaheim in any way, so we certainly don’t have as much information as they do).
Most importantly, you need to know that the Cats of Disneyland are not being starved.
On the contrary, they are entirely unaffected by the ban on feeding feral cats. The City responded to the uproar over the ordinance by posting a press release on its website. We encourage you to read the full FAQ, but here is the key question:
“DOES DISNEYLAND RESORT HAVE TO GET RID OF THEIR CAT POPULATION?
No. The cats on Disney property are well-cared for and stay on property.”
Because of the response from the public, Anaheim has completely backpedaled and is not currently enforcing the feeding ban at all (regardless of the location or number of cats).
The City has also caused consternation among cat-lovers by mentioning that it would begin monitoring colonies of more than 30 cats and trapping them if it is deemed they cause “safety concerns.” Again, this part of the ordinance does not apply to the Disneyland Cats because it has been proven that they are well cared for.
Still, just because the colony at the Disneyland Resort isn’t threatened doesn’t mean that the ordinance as written doesn’t pose a danger. The number 30 seems to have been chosen arbitrarily, and there isn’t any research that shows a colony bigger than 30 would pose a public health risk. In fact, any claims about feral cats posing a health risk in general are almost completely shot down in this excellent article from Alley Cat Allies.
As long as the feral cat feeding ban remains in the City code, the law could be enforced at any time (especially when the current batch of lawmakers is replaced down the line). It’s important for the future of feral cats in the City of Anaheim that this code is rewritten to be clearer and to more accurately endorse trap-neuter-return (TNR) as the best method of care and control. It’s also important that the law stops being as specific about only government-sponsored TNR programs being acceptable, because a number of private organizations participate in these programs as well and should be allowed to keep doing so.
All this goes to say that you should, by all means, keep signing the petitions, and keep emailing the mayor (firstname.lastname@example.org) to ask that the ordinance is repealed or rewritten. But make sure that you have your facts straight before you do so. Spreading misinformation doesn’t help the cause—in fact, it hurts it because we are taken less seriously.
So just as I ask you to correct your friends who spread rumors about a nightly cat release, I encourage you to correct those who claim that the Cats of Disneyland are being starved. Disney is keeping them as healthy as ever, and we will continue to document their antics on this blog and on our social media accounts.Share