Starving the cats is not a humane solution to the issue of cats on campus. It is not even a solution. The solution is to allow and cooperate with the volunteers who want to finish spaying and neutering the cats. Then the cats can be properly fed and cared for. The ones who are suitable can be adopted. The others will live out their lives and actually keep new cats away from campus.
am an associate professor at the University of Fukui, Fukui City,
Japan. The Bunkyo Campus of the university has a small colony of cats on
it. I estimate that there are now 12 cats living on campus. Most were
born here, but strays and abandoned cats have added to the population.
three years ago, some people at the College of Engineering were feeding
a family of cats in that part of the campus (the southwest corner). But
they were not doing spaying or neutering. So the population quickly
grew to over 10 cats.
For the past 6 months, I have been spaying
and neutering all the cats on campus and also at a near-by colony just
southeast of campus. There are still 3 cats that need to be spayed or
However, the university opposes my activities. They are ordering me to stop feeding, spaying, neutering, everything.
Their proposed solution to the issue is that the cats should starve.
is not a solution. The solution is to complete the spaying and
neutering, find homes for those that are adoptable, and maintain a
healthy population on campus. The cats that remain will keep new cats
from coming onto campus. Many students and members of the faculty like
the cats and enjoy seeing them on campus. Some would volunteer to help
take care of the cats if the university administration would approve.