Killing cats and bees is not permitted
The commercial ad entitled Pest Control, which appeared last week raises grave concern among us. A private person offers a service that includes the elimination not only of rodents and wasps, but also of feral cats and bees.
Galway Cats Rescue (www.galwaycatrescue.ie) is a registered charity that runs a feral cat trap/neuter/return programme in Galway. This approach has been scientifically proven to be the most effective method to control feral cat problems. It is also undoubtedly the most humane one.
Our activities are recognized by the Government and funded by the Department of Agriculture and Animal Welfare, as well as by private donations. We would like to point that poisoning feral cats is outlawed. Furthermore, removing cats from their natural surroundings and releasing them in an unfamiliar environment equals abandonment and endangerment, and is classified as an illegal act of cruelty.
Regarding bees, these insects fulfill a crucial function in nature and agriculture by their ability to pollinate flowering plants. Their recent declining numbers in Ireland and worldwide threatens the success of food crops, and international actions are ongoing to save their populations. The Irish Beekeeper Association (http://www.irishbeekeeping.ie) offers assistance in collecting and relocating wild bee swarms.
Galway Cat Rescue