SEOUL, Feb. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of stray cats in Seoul has declined 54 percent over the past six years.
The number of stray cats within city limits is estimated to have dropped 53.6 percent from 250,000 in 2013 to 116,000 last year, the Seoul Metropolitan Government said Monday.
The city suggested that its steady support for a neutering project over the past 12 years has played a significant role in the decrease in the number of stray cats.
Since 2008, the city has been supporting a project to neutralize a significant number of stray cats every year, focusing on areas where complaints are numerous.
The goal of the initiative was to neutralize 5,000 to 9,000 stray cats every year.
This so-called trap-neuter-return (TNR) project is carried out by performing a sterilization operation that eliminates reproductive functions by capturing stray cats and then releasing them back into the ‘wild’.
The city also plans to spend about 800 million won (US$675,270) this year to neutralize 11,000 animals.
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