One of the most consistent and disturbing search terms I get on the blog involves cat killing and specifically, how to do it. One good thing about this otherwise depressing issue is that anyone who comes here is going to find nothing but love for our feline friends. Another good thing is that it continually reminds me that there are deranged individuals in the world who, for whatever reason, target cats. As such, I try to be careful not to feed the crazies by giving them a voice here. Comments about cat killing do not get approved and the commenters get banned.
I was deeply troubled to read that The Orlando Sentinel recently published an op-ed by Ted Williams, editor-at-large for Audubon Magazine, in which he calls TNR a failure and suggests that feral cats should either be poisoned with Tylenol or trapped and killed (presumably by some means other than Tylenol). Isn’t the Audubon Society a wildlife advocacy group? And yet they allow Ted Williams to submit for publication a piece calling for the killing of feral cats, who are a form of wildlife themselves? And The Orlando Sentinel printed it? Shame.
Feral cats have a right to live. For those deemed medically hopeless by a veterinarian, euthanasia by injection is the preferred method to relieve suffering. Poisoning would never be recommended. And the killing of any healthy/treatable cat is immoral and unacceptable.
Needless to say, the cat killing sickos of the world have delighted in the Ted Williams piece. And they are gleefully spreading the news that the Audubon Society says giving Tylenol to feral cats is yay. I wonder how many pet cats or other animals are going to be poisoned with Tylenol as a result of this irresponsible piece in the Sentinel?
Vox Felina posted about this outrageous op-ed piece yesterday. (There is a link to the op-ed in the Sentinel at Vox Felina, if interested. I won’t be posting that link here.) Alley Cat Allies has an action alert here.