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Press Release

For Immediate Release: March 18, 2013
Contact: PATRICIA JONES, or (718) 651-7187; FRANCIE ISRAELI, or (202) 207-1134

Announcement follows Ted Williams’ remarks on poisoning cats in Orlando Sentinel op-ed

BETHESDA, MD— Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today thanked supporters for condemning the remarks made by former Audubon magazine editor-at-large Ted Williams in an Orlando Sentinel op-ed, which referenced poisoning feral cats with common household pain relievers.

Alley Cat Allies appealed to supporters to show strength in numbers and demand that Audubon respond to the controversy. More than 31,000 Alley Cat Allies supporters responded by emailing Audubon or posting on social media urging the organization to dismiss and condemn Williams.

“In a Facebook post this weekend, Audubon announced that Williams was suspended from writing for the magazine and would be removed from Audubon’s masthead. This was the right move, and we thank our supporters for their quick action,” said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies. “Williams’ remarks were depraved and irresponsible. No national group advocating for the protection of animals should be associated with endorsements of pain and cruelty.”

“We are satisfied with this outcome, but we will continue to remain vigilant in challenging any support for cruelty, or for policies that would lead to more cats being killed in pounds and shelters. Killing cats will not protect birds or any other species,” said Robinson.


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