Special Issue "Investigating the Dynamics, Risks and Control of Stray Animal Populations"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2019
Countries globally are faced with the challenge of how to successfully control stray animal populations, such as stray cats and dogs. Stray animals can be seen as a nuisance, threatening public health through the spread of zoonotic diseases, and impacting on the conservation of other species. In addition, stray animals may experience poorer welfare themselves through a lack of resources, such as shelter, food and water. Different methods of stray population control include culling, sheltering and fertility control. In recent years, fertility control through trap-neuter-return has become a popular method of controlling both stray cat and dog populations. This method has been used with the aim to reduce stray animal numbers, improve stray animal health and reduce the risk of disease transmission to both humans and other species. However, the sustainability, efficiency and effectiveness of trap-neuter-return and other methods of fertility control require consideration. In particular, the impact of trap-neuter-return on the stray population size, public health risk, public perception, environmental impact and animal welfare needs to be assessed in order to determine whether the method is effective and efficient in achieving its goal. Moreover, it is important to determine the long-term sustainability of the trap-neuter-return method.
For this Special Issue, we invite original research papers and frontier review articles relating to the sustainability, efficiency and effectiveness of trap-neuter-return and other methods as a control strategy for stray population numbers, zoonotic disease transmission, public perception, animal health and welfare, economics and environmental impacts.
Prof. Lisa Collins
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- stray animals
- stray cat
- stray dog
- population management
- population dynamics
- fertility control
- impact assessment
- sustainability assessment