Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, is celebrating along with cat lovers everywhere after a guilty verdict was reached in a feral cat colony poisoning case.
Nico Dauphine, a Smithsonian researcher, attempted to poison a feral cat colony in Washington, D.C. Dauphine was caught on video tape putting rat poison in the cat’s food bowls. Dauphine, who was part of the Migratory Bird Center, mounted small cameras on outdoor cats to see if and how they affected the wild bird population, a practice that enraged numerous individuals and organizations.
Alley Cat Allies president, Becky Robinson, commented in regards to the verdict, “We are satisfied with this verdict. Americans care about cats and will not tolerate cruelty toward them. We are grateful to law enforcement and to the prosecutors for treating this crime with the seriousness it deserved.”
Robinson goes on to explain that all cats, domestic or feral are protected under anti-cruelty laws. Dauphine’s conviction is a step in the right direction and a victory toward the humane treatment of all cats and sends a message cruelty will not be tolerated.