With today's editorial endorsing the Kauai Community Cat Project (KCCP) as “offering a reasonable approach on the feral cat problem,” The Garden Island has again shown it's woefully out of touch with reality.
Because just two weeks ago, TGI published an editorial calling on folks to support the Kauai Humane Society and its director, Penny Cistaro:
While Cistaro has her critics, as would anyone who steps into that role, overall she has done a good job. This isn’t and shouldn’t be about Penny Cistaro, anyway.
Uh, earth to TGI editor Bill Buley... Who do you think is leading the vicious attack against Penny and KHS?
It's none other than the leaders and major funders of the Kauai Community Cat Project. Their publicly stated goal is to get rid of Penny and seize control of KHS. How reasonable is that?
No, no one wants to see Kauai known as the island that killed 20,000 cats, though I doubt it would damage the tourism count any more than the anti-GMO folks who tried to label it the toxic island. Australia even allows hunting of feral cats, and it has plenty of tourists.
But for a Trap-Neuter-Release-Manage (TNRM) to work, according to the Kauai Feral Task Force report, colonies must have a minimum 90 percent spay-neuter rate, with a goal of 100 percent. The colonies that KCCP manage are not anywhere near that level.
The Task Force also calls for fencing the colonies to keep the cats from killing wildlife and prevent newcomers from joining the colony, and ensuring that no colonies are maintained on county property. KCCP has not done that, either.
Yes, TNR can be one component of a reasonable program to control the island's out-of-control feral cat problem.
But KCCP is not a reasonable organization, nor is its $80,000 budget reasonable to manage just 510 cats.
It's similarly unreasonable to allow Princeville Corp., which 25 years ago was required to provide 100 units of affordable housing, to get away with 44 ugly boxes and a big asphalt parking lot right on the highway opposite the Hanalei Valley overlook.
What about the other 56 units? And how about installing some mature landscaping now that this eyesore is in place?
It got me wondering, so is this what Princeville thinks of its workforce?
And is this the best that working folks on Kauai can expect in the way of affordable housing, while all around them lavish second homes are constructed for vacationers and part-time residents?