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It’s official: The United States is a country of cat lovers, with more cats in our homes today than dogs. But for every pet cat curling up in our laps, there’s another one roaming our alleyways, parks and lots of other places around the country. Many of them are feral: wild animals that avoid human contact.

The question of how to best control these cats is sparking a lot of controversy. Conservation groups say the cats are invasive predators that are decimating native wildlife. They want the cats rounded up and taken to animal shelters, where the vast majority of them will be euthanized. But animal rights activists want to save these cats, and they say they’ve developed a method to control the cat population that’s both humane and effective – and their message is catching on. Reveal examines what this cat fight is all about.

This story was produced with the PBS NewsHour.

Adithya Sambamurthy

Adithya Sambamurthy is a video producer for Reveal, with a background in photojournalism and documentary film. He joined Reveal after working as a staff photographer for The Bay Citizen, a nonprofit journalism organization that merged with The Center for Investigative Reporting in 2012. Sambamurthy previously worked on documentaries for National Geographic, PBS FRONTLINE/World and numerous independent productions. He also worked as a photojournalist at the San Jose Mercury News in California; The News-Press of Fort Myers, Florida; and the St. Petersburg (now Tampa Bay) Times. Since joining Reveal, he has produced, shot and edited stories for the website, as well as for a number of Reveal's broadcast and online partners, including the PBS NewsHour, KQED public television and ABC News. Sambamurthy has been nominated for a national Emmy Award, shared in a George Foster Peabody Award and received commendations from the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.