Friends, it's with great dismay that we write this afternoon after hearing about an op-ed article in yesterday's Orlando Sentinel written by Ted Williams, field editor for the magazine Audobon.
In it, he 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.”
Friends, not only is this illegal, there is nothing humane about Tylenol poisoning.
We called Dr, Sara Huber of Leawood Plaza Animal Hospital and here is her response:
"To say Tylenol is humane is completely inaccurate. In fact, Tylenol poisoning is terribly inhumane. It causes severe, life threatening anemia - basically the cat will bleed to death."
And to say it is a completely selective poison? No poison is completely selective. If it's left out in the open, any animal can ingest it, including indoor/outdoor pet cats who are not feral. And while the active ingredient in Tylenol, acetaminophen, is generally safe for rodents such as squirrels and chipmunks, it is not safe for dogs.
Not only is Mr. Williams' article inaccurate and misleading, it encourages individuals to break the law:
“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 tortuously killed. It cannot be excused,” says president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies, Becky Robinson.
We join Alley Cat Allies - and fellow bloggers all over the world - in calling for the immediate dismissal of Ted Williams by Audobon. Please click here to sign their petition.
This article is more than egregiously irresponsible reporting. It calls into question the man's journalistic ethics. This is a personal vendetta, plain and simple. And it must stop.