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Press Release

For Immediate Release: March 15, 2013
Contact: PATRICIA JONES, or (718) 651-7187; FRANCIE ISRAELI, or (202) 207-1134

Calls for Audubon’s Ted Williams’ dismissal following “blatantly irresponsible” comments

BETHESDA, MD— Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today called for the immediate dismissal of Ted Williams, editor-at-large for Audubon magazine, in response to his op-ed in the March 14 Orlando Sentinel recommending that feral cats should be poisoned with Tylenol.

“Ted Williams’ Sentinel column is full of hate and devoid of facts, but far worse, it represents the latest in a string of outrageous attacks and encouragement of cruelty aimed at cats. Williams should be fired for these blatantly irresponsible comments,” said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies.

In the op-ed, Williams writes, “There are… effective, humane alternatives to the cat hell of TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return). One is Tylenol (the human pain medication)—a completely selective feral cat poison.”

“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,” Robinson said.

“Williams and others calling for the mass killing of cats have moved beyond distorting science and statistics. They are showing their true colors by publicly demanding taxpayers’ dollars be spent to continue ineffective lethal policies,” Robinson said.

She noted that in late February, American Bird Conservancy president George Fenwick wrote a column in the Baltimore Sun encouraging local governments to “act swiftly and decisively to gather the 30 million to 80 million unowned cats…[and] euthanize those cats that are not adoptable.” Feral cats, by definition, are unsocialized to humans and therefore unadoptable. Almost 100 percent of feral cats who enter our nation’s pound and shelter system are killed.

The extremist policy promoted by Williams and Fenwick would only result in the mass killing of tens of millions of cats every year.

“These reckless pronouncements, along with previous exceptional incidents—such as Smithsonian bird researcher Nico Dauphine, who was convicted of attempted cruelty to animals for trying to poison cats in her own neighborhood—should serve to reveal and discredit these extremists’ perverted agenda,” Robinson said.


About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has nearly half a million supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities, and organizations save and improve the lives of millions of cats and kittens nationwide. Their web site is