Stray-cat feeders face prosecution

PUBLISHED : Monday, 23 February, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 23 February, 2004, 12:00am

Supporters of an SPCA proposal to save a stray cat colony in Victoria Park have not only had the plan rejected by officials - they have been warned they face prosecution if they continue feeding the felines.

The government is currently trapping the cats, with most destined to be killed, after it rejected a proposal to let the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals capture, neuter, then release them back in the park where volunteers would feed them.

However, notices have now been posted reminding park visitors that it is an offence to feed stray cats in parks.

A Leisure and Cultural Services Department spokesman said: 'We consider that the cat colony programme is not a practical solution to the stray cat problem in the park. Only when cat owners stop abandoning their cats there can the problem be controlled.'