Target: Emily Yoffe, Advice Columnist for “Dear Prudence”
Goal: Retract suggestion that reader should euthanize her healthy cat so she can go on vacation
Slate’s popular advice column known as “Dear Prudence” just recently published an article where Emily Yoffe, writing as “Prudie,” told a reader that it was okay to euthanize their cat (Fluffy) so that she could go on a family vacation. While the cat is older in age, deaf, and toothless, she is not suffering in any way. Yoffe states that since she is making the family suffer by making it difficult to go on family vacations, she should be put down.
Even Yoffe admits her advice could cause a stir. In her opening line, she states, “after I give this advice, I’m going to have to go into the witness protection program, but here it is: Put down Fluffy.” She says that since a veterinarian will probably not put down Fluffy for such reasons, she could take her to the nearest humane society instead. Yoffe then tells the reader to tell her kids that Fluffy was suffering and then adds, “OK, maybe she’s not suffering, but you are.”
Putting down a cat that could have many more years to its life just so you can go on vacation is incredibly selfish and this advice by Emily Yoffe is sending the wrong message. More people need to realize that adding a pet to your family means taking care of it for life, not just when it’s convenient. Please sign the petition below to let Emily Yoffe know that this advice being published to so many readers is sending a very harmful message, and ask her to retract her unethical advice.
Dear Ms. Emily Yoffe,
Your recent article published in Slate Magazine dealing with a reader’s old cat was very disturbing. By suggesting that she simply euthanize the cat due to the inconvenience of her medical issues is simply wrong and sending the wrong message to readers. Adding a pet to one’s family is a commitment that is for the duration of that pet’s life, not just when it’s convenient.
As pets get older, their bodies are not what they used to be and begin shutting down. Fluffy may be deaf, toothless, and needy, but she is not suffering in any way and it would be wrong to euthanize the cat for being this way. In addition, lying to the children about the reasons behind putting Fluffy down is not sage advice either. Please retract your unethical advice and write another response to readers admitting this is not the best way to handle a difficult situation so that a better message is sent and people can take responsibility for their pets for the entire duration of their lives.
[Your Name Here]
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