I was, before our move to New Zealand, a traveller who has visited SO may countries. I saw New York a country in itself! Russia, Europe, Australia. Never did I come across such negative vibes as those surrounding Loews Hotels and the disatrous attempt to remove a feral colony from their property.
I want to know why a socially responsible hotel chain finds itself emboiled neck deep in excrement with the social media of the world screaming down its neck?
I do not need to expand much on the basic story outline; exemplary site Catster has it's background, I hope, they will soon update their page on the scandal at Loews Hotels. For a cat's eye view Deb Barnes of Riverfront Cats Miami explains here what ferals are (many don't know, so it's worth a listen) and why Loews Hotels got it so badly wrong.
For those on Facebook, there is a Save Loews Cats page, set up by Dorian Wagner and friends. I know Dorian from the fun Daily Cute page. I also know this video by a 12 year old cat fan is up on the SaveLoewsCats FB page. Membership of the FB page is growing daily and the combination of news and lobbying is a model of its kind.
Animal Cafe who host the podcast begin their show notes thus :-
"In 2004, when cat lover George Ricci first established the model managed feral cat colony on the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel property in Florida, he likely never dreamed that one day those cats would be cruelly and inhumanely ripped from their home. But that’s exactly what is happening...."