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Author:  J Kaufman [ Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:58 pm ]
Post subject:  CX o' the day

A dead Hall of Famer [I'm guessing, but that may be slovenly] explains that by telling readers how to poison cats, he did not mean that readers should go out and poison cats.

Trap, neuter, return programs make feral-cat problem worse
March 14, 2013|By Ted Williams | Guest columnist

(Guest columnist Ted Williams on March 21 submitted this postscript to his March 14 column)

In my recent op-ed I reported that a common over-the-counter drug, an effective and selective poison for feral cats, had not been registered for this use because of pressure from feral-cat advocacy groups. While the statement was not inaccurate, it was unwise because readers might construe it as a suggestion to go out and start poisoning feral cats. What’s more, the statement could be, indeed was, manipulated by feral-cat advocates into something I didn’t write or intend. I should have used the generic, lesser-known name. Further, I should have explained that this feral-cat poison, if registered, would be applied only by the state and federal wildlife managers who are widely, legally and lethally (but not effectively) controlling feral cats with rifle, shotgun and trap. I urge people not to take the law into their own hands. They should leave it to professionals. Finally I should have explained, as was later explained by the Sentinel, that “editor-at-large” of Audubon magazine was a freelance, not salaried, title. I regret this slovenliness.
[Orlando Sentinel]

Update: And if you've lost National Geographic, then you've lost America. With aww-inducing art.
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