Once again, the national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, Alley Cat Allies, has brought to light a horrendous attack against cats in published editorial yesterday.
“A high-ranking representative of the National Audubon Society just published a major newspaper editorial calling on the public to kill millions of cats by poisoning them with Tylenol.”
Alley Cat Allies took note that in the Orlando Sentinel, Ted Williams, editor-at-large for Audubon Magazine, advised readers that Tylenol is “a completely selective feral cat poison.”
The organization took immediate action to point out that this statement isn’t just cruel and irresponsible, but also illegal and sickening.
“Poisoning is a slow and cruel death for cats. It’s just disgusting to think that anyone from a national animal advocacy organization could advocate poisoning cats. Reckless doesn’t even cover it. It’s a dangerous new low.”
Alley Cat Allies is calling upon the leaders of the National Audubon Society to denounce this article and also for the immediate removal of Ted Williams from his office. You can join the cause by sending an email directly to the CEO and Chairman of the National Audubon Society.
As of this writing, Alley Cat Allies has announced that the editorial has been whitewashed, removing the mention of Tylenol without the Audubon Society apologizing or the Orlando Sentinel acknowledging the change. However, they have provided a link to the original article here.
“The law doesn’t equivocate: killing a cat is a criminal offense in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Ted Williams used a major media platform to call for cats to be illegally and torturously killed. It cannot be excused.”
Alley Cat Allies is located at 7920 Norfolk Avenue #600, Bethesda, MD 20814.
In 2011, Alley Cat Allies brought to light that Nico Dauphine, a Smithsonian Institution bird researcher, was attempting to poison feral cats outside her apartment building. She was fired and also convicted of attempted animal cruelty.
Alley Cat Allies was the first organization to introduce and advocate for humane methods of feral cat care, particularly Trap-Neuter-Return, in the American animal protection community. Read more about them at AlleyCat.org
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