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Dec 31, 2023Liked by Nathan Winograd

Thanks for setting the record straight about that horrible and misinformed NYer article. I was immediately shocked and disturbed that the New Yorker would even print such a factually inaccurate article. Too bad the millions deceived by Franzen's piece will never see your thoughtful and accurate response. Keep up the good work, Nathan!

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Nathan,

Will you be writing a letter to the editor at the New Yorker? Or I would ask actually for an entire article on any subject of your choosing to make a wrong right. You can blow him out of the water., He needs a bit of acquired humility. Jonathan Frazen 's was a lazy ass article. He didn't even bother to research properly. Somehow like Eleanor Rigsby he left his brains in a jar by the door. Feral cats are an easy target they are so low on the right to life. He kicked them around one more time. As a graduate of Swarthmore, he was once, that would have earned him an F. He knew better.

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Sorry this is late... I work on animal advocacy at the shelter from hell, Multnomah County Animal Services, in Oregon so I am always running against a deadline trying to help people get their dogs out before they are killed and today was a very bad day but a good news day, (https://www.oregonlive.com/politics/2024/01/former-multnomah-county-animal-services-volunteer-sues-county-alleging-it-retaliated-against-her-for-trying-to-save-dog.html)

We should all write however briefly, I hope everyone writes because they care more about numbers and disappearing subscriptions than facts. I am going to write but to the editors in general and ask them to forward Nathan's rebuttal to Franzen to study,...an article Franzen should have researched before having an opinion. Maybe he is desperate for money. And now I am afraid all the New Yorker cares about is clicks and outrage. I don't know that any article they publish can be trusted anymore.

One must provide name, address daytime phone number.. e-mail to: themail@newyorker.com I understand the view that maybe it should not be dignified...but maybe they shouldn't behave in an undignified way either. They can always merge with the Enquirer.

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SHUT DOWN Jonathan Franzen — it is clear he has a very weak foundation of “facts” — he simply doesn’t give a damn about Cats and instead of telling the truth, he conjures up specious notions hoping it passes for truth — SHUT DOWN Jonathan Franzen.

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I love cats. I have four, ages 14 and 15. They live indoors with me and they are my family members (I have no kids nor siblings). I can do without Franzen's b.s. I subscribe to the NYT and every now and then they publish something that is just really off the rails (like his garbage). Good luck trying to post a comment there. I've tried doing that with some of their articles that are not in the best interests of humanity and it never made it past the moderators, no matter how politely written. Too bad, because generally, the NYT is a very good newspaper and they do some very good investigative journalism. I especially like the coverage they've done lately on the topic of groundwater conservation. But this is like publishing an article that says it's ok to harm (insert ethnic group or animal/plant species here) and there's approving nods and smiles all around at the editorial board. If the NYT was supervised and published by my cats, you can be sure this tripe wouldn't be seeing the light of day, paper or digital!

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The New Yorker Magazine got this wrong.

Thanks for the heads up as my issue had not yet arrived. My low intro offer to subscribe was cancelled after this.

I enjoy learning about these issues. Nathan helped me rescue and rehome dogs with no guilt I was displacing a dog from getting a home when I did dog rescue. Now the cats need me so I switched.

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It sounds to me like Franzen and people that follow his primitive thinking are actually sadists on some level. Who the hell ENJOYS these cruel and expanding practices? In my mind sadists. You either love all life or you don't. You can't pick and choose which ones YOU believe deserve a place on this planet to live their life.

My fear has always been that more and more of the public will fall prey to organizations like PETA, Best Friends, etc. (we all know the players). I try my best as a citizen to share and promote the No Kill Equation to citizens and shelters the best I can. Well, here comes another idiot to spread false information.

I guess we will have to fight harder. Thank you for always staying on top of these issues and people. All of us love that you share all this information with us.

Thank you.

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Me too! I hope everyone writes no matter how short, it can be very pithy, and include Nathan's rebuttal, or not. It is very easy to ignore one person; hard to ignore many.

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Franzen joins Peter Singer in this group of miscreants whose rants are deemed publishable by some (formerly) respectable journals. As a feral cat colony caretaker I can tell everyone how wretchedly mistaken he is in every aspect of his soulless, brainless article. Go back to writing fiction, sir, you are obviously good at it.

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