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Old 03-15-2013, 03:32 PM
 
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Remember the recent study that suggest feral cats are responsible for massive carnage? Audubon's editor Ted Williams, wrote an editorial in the Orlando Sentinel stating all feral cats should be killed...either by injection or poisoning them with Tylenol. A quote:


“One is Tylenol (the human pain medication)—a completely selective feral-cat poison. But the TNR lobby has blocked its registration for this use. The other is trap and euthanize. TE is practiced by state and federal wildlife managers; but municipal TE needs to happen if the annihilation of native wildlife is to be significantly slowed.”

You can read more about the fall-out from the study here:

Audubon Editor Suggests Poisoning Feral Cats » Vox Felina – Feral/free-roaming cats and trap-neuter-return/TNR: critiquing the opposition
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Old 03-15-2013, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Cambridge, MA
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I think Florida has enough invasive species like the Burmese python to worry about, which are wreaking havoc with the natural balance. It could be also argued that the invasive species causing the most problems is HUMANS: Retirees, folks fleeing colder climates, drug smugglers and users, etc etc. No feral cat brought on the draining of the Everglades or the endangerment of the manatee.
Making those kinds of suggestions in the mainstream media only encourages animal cruelty. I'm glad the "TNR lobby" succeeded.
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Old 03-15-2013, 05:15 PM
 
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I do believe that cats in general kill wildlife and that is an important issue, but this suggestion is just appalling and terrible. Downright EVIL, actually. I don't know if it would be useful to e-mail Audubon and express dismay over what their editor is advocating.

Even if one didn't think feral cats have a right not to die in agony, even his statement that Tylenol is a 'completely selective feral cat poison" is utterly false. I'm pretty sure Tylenol can't distinguish between feral and owned cats, and even if I don't think people should allow their cats outdoors, I don't think the cats deserve to die for their owner's choice.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:54 PM
 
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I don't know if it would be useful to e-mail Audubon and express dismay over what their editor is advocating.
Please read . News - Alley Cat Allies
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Old 03-16-2013, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Near Nashville TN
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I think Florida has enough invasive species like the Burmese python to worry about, which are wreaking havoc with the natural balance. It could be also argued that the invasive species causing the most problems is HUMANS: Retirees, folks fleeing colder climates, drug smugglers and users, etc etc. No feral cat brought on the draining of the Everglades or the endangerment of the manatee.
Making those kinds of suggestions in the mainstream media only encourages animal cruelty. I'm glad the "TNR lobby" succeeded.
I'm with you 100% on this one!
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Old 03-16-2013, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Poisoning cats with Tylenol is not painless, and it is also completely illegal.
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