Fljótsdalshérað County in East Iceland have postponed their feral cat culling programme, reports RÚV.
After news spread of the cat culling, advocacy group Villikettir (Feral Cat) began a petition to stop the programme and have posted this statement in conjunction with the petition.
“Cats have a right to exist and it has been proven that exterminating them is no solution. Another cat will always take a cat’s place and if they really wanted this plan to work they would have to put down all the cats everywhere at the same time. As long as some cats walk around un-spayed this is pointless.”
Fljótsdalshérað County have received numerous complaints from residents about disturbances and mess caused by feral cats. Fljótsdalshérað Mayor Björn Ingimarsson insists that there is no danger of unmarked pet cats being put to sleep.
At time of writing 176 people had signed the petition to stop the cat culling programme.