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Priests Starve Cats at St. James Church

March 19, 2012 | Cats / TNR / Take Action

Church Groundskeeper Threatens Poisoning as Next Step

Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals

New York, NY "“ Monday, March 19, 2012 "“ The small colony of eight feral cats has not been fed for almost two weeks at historic St. James Church in lower Manhattan. Father Lino Gonsalves and Father Walter Tonelotto have locked out caretakers there in an effort to starve the cats off church property. The priests refuse to meet with the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals to discuss any plan for cat care, though caretakers are willing to address any concerns the church may have for security or hygiene. Where will the cats be welcomed if even a church is throwing them out?

Those who wish to comment directly to St. James Church officials can e-mail Father Lino Gonsalves at (The Archdiocese of New York and the Vatican will be copied on your e-mail.) You may also call Father Lino Gonsalves of St. James Church at (212) 267-8376 or Joseph Zwilling, Communications Director for the Archdiocese of New York, at (212) 371-1011 x2997.

Historic Manhattan church in catfight over feral colony by Amy Sacks and Lisa L. Colangelo, New York Daily NewsSaturday, March 17, 2012

The cats are all neutered and vaccinated, following the guidelines of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), the only proven effective and humane method for controlling feral cat populations. When contacted for comment by the New York Daily News, Father Gonsalves derided, "The cats will not be poisoned, but we don't want the people to feed them on church property." Since the church owns all property in the vicinity, does the Father imagine that starving them out is somehow less cruel? Eradication of the cats is clearly the church's goal, if not by poison as once declared by the groundskeeper, then by starvation. Until now, St. James' feral colony was a model TNR project for which the church could be credited with humane leadership by example. This recent public banishment of the cats sends a very cruel signal to others facing the decision of how to approach feral cat management. Read more...


How sad is That!!! They are not good Christians to starve Gods creatures,And they preach compassion! How heartless can one get!! What if they were hungry and no one cared. I believe in God and worship him everyday and I do not think This is what God wants.

I am sure God is very proud of you! I have been out of work for over 18 months. I am fighting cancer and have expenses that need to be covered. I still find a way to care for the four abused and abandoned cats that I have. I even take care of feeding any I see outside in need. I even feel guilty that I can't take better care of them. SHAME ON YOU -- Oh, by the way God Bless certainly can use all the help you can get. Maybe if you practiced a little of what you preached you would have more Catholics attending their churches....just a thought!

Are you kidding me? These are God's creatures! If these priests don't have any empathy for these poor cats then they are hypocrites. If priests are going to torture these poor things then they are no better than the "A- holes" that abuse animals. I thought the church was supposed to be open to all God's creatures. I bet they would get more donations on Sunday if they mention that they need help in paying for food and care for these poor things! Come on Priests ... man up and help these poor things ..... not make their life harder. You can coddle, feed, shelter and protect child abusers but 8 little starving cats you want to torture and starve .... maybe even kill ?? Let's be real !

Really? You would think that priests, who say they love God and all of Creation, would not be doing stuff like that. That makes God, Christians, Jews, and Muslims all look bad. These priests should be ashamed of themselves and be demoted or removed from office.


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