Thursday, March 29, 2012

Community Cats Trap Neuter Release Proposed Policy > American Public Health - Veterinary Public Health

see update at bottom

In 2010 the Veterinary SPIG (Special Interest Group) of the American Public Health Association (APHA) recommended that Trap Neuter Vaccinate Release be discussed as a preferred option for feral/stray cat management!

download pdf of the 2010 Veterinary Public Health TNVR resolution.

In 2010, 2011 and 2012 newsletters of the APHA Veterinary Public Health Section:

Spring 2010 APHA Veterinary Public Health Newsletter

. . . . . the trap neuter and release proposal (“Collaboration, not confrontation to manage feral and stray cat populations”) received a negative review by the APHA’s Joint Policy Committee (JPC). However, a very dedicated team of experts created an excellent appeal that answered the JPC’s concerns, and we are very optimistic it will receive a favorable review in July.

Fall 2010 APHA Veterinary Public Health Newsletter

Speaking of projects, besides our obvious roles in zoonotic diseases, the most numerous suggestions for projects were:

c. Humane treatment of animals, including advancing TNR as a cat management program where possible. The Vet PH SPIG recommends TNR be discussed as a preferred option for feral/stray cat management.

Winter 2010 APHA Veterinary Public Health Newsletter

Proposed Resolutions:
A resolution is being considered for the endorsement of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs as the preferred management of stray and feral cat populations. More to follow pending SPIG discussion and consensus.

Fall 2011 APHA Veterinary Public Health Newsletter

Vet SPIG Members: Thought I’d update you on the status of our proposal to adopt trap-neuter-vaccinate-and-return, or TNVR, as a preferred public health measure to control free roaming community cats.
We first submitted our proposal in 2010, but it was rejected on the lack of compelling science. Our team of experts built a solid package for the appeal. However, the appeal was rejected but there was a comment that “you are close”.
We submitted an updated version earlier this year, but that was rejected mainly on wildlife concerns, and that some wildlife organizations opposed TNVR. This year’s appeal was also rejected despite the fact that our focus is public health. To assure that we have as complete a proposal as possible, I will send it for comment to the AVMA, other public health groups, and wildlife organizations.This active approach should, at least, focus the issues for and against TNVR.

Winter 2012 APHA Public Health Veterinary Newsletter

Lastly our proposal to adopt TNVR (trap-neuter-vaccinate-return) as the recommended approach to managing community cats will be fine tuned this coming year. We received outstanding input from the AAPHV, but will actively seek formal reviews from similar organizations to include the AVMA and the Wildlife Vets.

AAPHV = American Association of Public Health Veterinarians

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Feral Cat Blog! Notes:

Saturday, July 26, 2008
Feral Cats, Public Health, Environment: American Public Health Association

Feral cat experts also presented at the APHA 2009 Conference.

Presentation at the 2011 APHA Conference: 252201 Community Partnering and Collaboration for Rabies Prevention Tuesday, November 1, 2011 William Courtney, DVM, MPH , Associate Dean for Public Health, School fo Aerospace Medicine, Brooks City-Base, TX

Another perspective on feral cat control
David A. Jessup, DVM MPVM DACZM and Elizabeth Stone, DVM MS in JAVMA Vol 237 No 5, September 1, 2010:

[excerpts, as always, read entire]

We disagree . . . . . that the human health risks associated with feral cats is low, and we know of no peer-reviewed research supporting this statement.

Over the past three years we have viewed with alarm a pattern of inviting advocates of TNR to national public health meetings and a steady refusal to include other perspectives.

March 30, 2012 Update: Dr. Court kindly replied that the Veterinary Public Health section of the APHA did not submit the policy in 2012, but have received constructive feedback and will resubmit in 2013.