The verdict is in: the Smithsonian researched charged with attempting to poison a colony of feral cats in a Washington, DC neighborhood has been found guilty.

We are satisfied with the verdict and we are grateful to law enforcement and to the prosecutors for treating this crime with the seriousness it deserved. We call on the Smithsonian to immediately dismiss Ms. Dauphine from her position, and cancel any research projects in which she was involved. In light of her conviction, history of bias and condemning cats in research, her work should be discredited and disregarded by the scientific community.

Anti-cruelty laws protect all catspet, stray, or feralin every state and the District of Columbia. Americans who are demanding humane approaches for feral cats are not going to allow this kind of cruelty to go unpunished.

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