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Toronto cat extermination

tyr
October 21st, 2004, 03:01 PM
Had this passed along to me....totally disgusting.


Dear Supporter,



We have been recently informed of a horrible case of animal abuse. The City Park and Recreation is using taxpayer money ( our money) to "exterminate" stray cats .Please pass this e-mail over to as many people as you can. Please call, e-mail, write or fax your City Councilor, the Mayor of Toronto ( contact info hereunder) and Ms. Shirley Hoy Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Toronto ( contact info hereunder, at then bottom of the News Release) and ask for

.

The immediate termination of Mr. Steve Gimblett

An immediate investigation to be started on how such a despicable animal abuse could take place.

An immediate stop to the “extermination” of cats on City Property by Pest Control Companies.

The implementation of a uniform new policy of TNR for stray cats in any area under the Jurisdiction of the City of Toronto. TNR should be conducted by non-kill animal organizations or cat rescue groups, knowledgeable in how to carry on a Trap Neuter and Release program.
We must stop this from happening ever again.



Thank you for your support,



Claudia Vecchio

Founder of ORA-Organization for the Rescue of Animals

Tel. 416 726 5762 or 905 727 6375

Mailing address: 300 Coxwell Ave., P.O. Box 22608

Toronto, Ontario M4L 2A0



You are receiving this e-mail because you have supported or enquired about ORA activities in the past. If you wish to unsubscribe, please let us know and we will remove your e-mail address from our records.




News Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE




City of Toronto hires pest Control Company to exterminate stray cats.




In May 2004, the City of Toronto Parks and Recreation hired a pest control company called The Xterminator, to dispose of stray cats roaming the Park yard at 50 Booth Ave. Since May, over 20 cats have been “disposed of” and the pest control operation is still continuing. At the time The Exterminator was called in, a colony of 20 to 25 cats were roaming the Park yard compound and they were keeping under control the local population of mice and rats. These cats were present in the area for over ten years when suddenly a climate of cat haters developed and with that the obsession that all the cats had to be eliminated. Fewer than 5 cats are now left in the compound, but Steve Gimblett, the supervisor for the East South Park, is determined to continue working with the pest control company until the last cat is “gone”.



Steve Gimblett is the one who came up with the idea to call a pest control company to exterminate the cats. On November 2003, Gimblett, advised by one employee of Park and Recreation, called ORA-Organization for the Rescue of Animals- to get information on how to deal with the cat problem humanely. ORA proposed that Mr, Gimblett implement a plan of TNR (Trap, Neuter and Release) that most civilized cities around the world have in effect. The cost for the city would have been to spay and neuter those cats so to impede them from reproducing. Mr Gimblett did not follow up on the recommendations of ORA. One week after the telephone conversation, Claudia Vecchio, founder of ORA, left a phone message for Mr. Gimblett to see about proceeding with the TNR program. Mr. Gimblett never returned Ms. Vecchio’s call. However in the month of September 2004, ORA was informed of the pest control operation.



ORA called the owner of The Xteminator, Mr. Syd Parkin, to find out what happened to the cats. Mr. Parkin affirms that the cats were moved ¼ of mile away and that the kittens were surrendered last May to the Toronto Humane Society. ORA then posed the same question to Mr. Gimblett. According to Mr. Gimblett, the cats have been adopted into good homes.



The Toronto Humane Society admission department has no trace of any kittens taken in by The Xterminator during the period in question. It is unlikely that adult cats were moved ¼ of mile away because at least some of them would have returned to their original base. Also when asked where the cats were dropped, Mr. Parkins was unable to come up with even the closest intersection. As for having been adopted out to “good homes”, this is an absolute impossibility. These strays had reverted to feral status and such cats are not adoptable. This is why they are normally released back to their familiar surroundings, after they have been neutered. ORA-Organization for the Rescue of Animals proposed again to Mr. Gimblett to TNR the few remaining cats. Mr. Gimblett is adamant: “all cats have to go. He seems to have a particular hatred for cats and he has been reported to have said at one point that he would like to take his shotgun and take care of the cats himself.



Before the pest control company was called in, four cats were killed, in this Park and Recreation compound: two were stoned to death and two killed by vehicles. It has been reported that some employees accelerate when they see cats (the speed limit inside the compound is 8KM per hour) in an attempt to crush them.



Mr. Gimblett has also threatened some employees with suspension without pay if they are found feeding or providing any makeshift shelter to the cats.



Two years ago a colony of stray cats suddenly “disappeared “ from Ashbridge’s Bay, another park under the management of South East park district.



It must be noticed that as soon the cats are “eliminated’ other may take their place since the population of mice and rats will encourage other strays to move in. Also the Pest Control Company may have trapped some outdoors cats belonging to area residents.



ORA- Organization for the Rescue of Animals wishes to bring this outrageous case of animal abuse to the attention of the public.



We ask any concerned citizen to call, write, fax or e-mail the Mayor of Toronto, your local Councilor, Park and Recreation and ask for



The immediate termination of Mr. Steve Gimblett


An immediate investigation to be started on how such a despicable animal abuse could take place.


An immediate stop to the “extermination” of cats on City Property by Pest Control Companies.


The implementation of a uniform new policy of TNR for stray cats in any area under the Jurisdiction of the City of Toronto. TNR should be conducted by non-kill animal organizations or cat rescue groups, knowledgeable in how to carry on a Trap Neuter and Release program.


Contact :



Mrs. Shirley Hoy, Chief Administrative Officer

City of Toronto

100 Queen St. West

11st Floor, East Tower

Toronto, Ontario

M5H 2N2

Phone: 416-392-3551



Mayor, David Miller:
Toronto City Hall

100 Queen St. West, 2nd floor

Toronto Ontario

M5H 2N2
Phone: 416-397-CITY (2489)
Fax: 416-696-3687

E-mail: mayor_miller@toronto.ca





For information about ORA-Organization for the Rescue of Animals



Contact: ORA-Organization or the Rescue of Animals

300 Coxwell Ave.

P.O. Box 22608

Toronto, Ontario

M4L 2A0

E-mail: info@ora-animalsrescue.org

Tel. 416 726 8895

Fax : 905 727 7884



ORA website: www.ora-animalsrescue.org

Mysts38
October 21st, 2004, 03:34 PM
Ya know in Ottawa,around the downtown area and parliament hill,the city had a huge problem with stray cats...what did they do? organizations banded together to make a "cat colony" which is right in the back yard of Parliament hill

Structures have been built,a huge cat condo,complete with indoor carpeted areas,climbling branches etc for these cats..They were caught(and still being caught) and had their shots,fixed and placed in in the condo..there are MANY MANY cats in the condo now and the structure is getting bigger and bigger

They rely on public donations,and food,but the cats arent roaming the sts,they are well fed and taken care of and have a safe warm home during the cold Ottawa winters.

NOw WHY cant someone in TO do this?it would cost the city ALOT LESS to build this kind of structure,rather than hire someone to exterminate the animals,and dispose of them

Iam sure that if people got together and worked together,a similiar structure could be built and the cats could have a safe habitat of their own

mastifflover
October 21st, 2004, 03:35 PM
Well I sent Mr Miller my thoughts on this and why we are becoming so intolerant of animals. I also noted that I resent the fact they are using our money as animal lovers to kill these cats. This is genecide of animals.

tyr
October 21st, 2004, 04:12 PM
I love visiting the Parliament Cats. They have only one care taker and he is very elderly. 2 years ago they were going to replace him with a youth because they thought he may want to retire - he said no, that these were his cats and loved them like his very own and would prefer to stay until he could no longer do the job. His is a volunteer he started doing many years ago - he is so sweet. Now they have squirrels that visit the cats!!!! The cats do not even touch these tiny squirrels!

Mastiff Lover - Thank you for writing to Mr. Miller. I have as well and would encourage any others interested in voicing their opinions and concerns to do the same. I completely agree that our money should not go towards something like this - we do not pay taxes to support the MURDER of hundreds/thousands of animals.