Animal Advocates Take Issue with State’s Email on Cat Traps

On Dec. 12, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development released a health update via email to subscribers stating that in 2016 the state has seen a record number of cases of the reportable disease leptospirosis, commonly found in dogs, cats and rodents. But in an effort to combat the disease in the new year, MDARD attached information to the email on mitigating backyard wildlife that could infect domestic pets — and some animal advocates were none too pleased with the suggestions.

“Our concern stems from an antiquated document utilized within it, wherein what are largely considered inhumane methods of controlling community cats are advocated,” reads a statement from the Michigan Humane Society. Click here for more on the story.

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