Saturday, June 11, 2011
Benny Enjoying a Sprinkler
Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by how many incredibly beautiful, sensitive, and loving animals are killed each day. I am not talking about animals who are in horrible pain, I am talking about healthy animals.
I sometimes feel overwhelmed with sadness by way too many people casually breeding their dogs without understanding what happens to those puppies they can't find homes for.
We have a nice word for where we take the dogs and cats we can't find homes for, we call it a 'shelter.' Just the word 'shelter' sounds nice doesn't it? Sounds like a comforting and safe place. Its what we want to believe. But, what if we were honest? What if we actually called this place something that actually described where we were dropping animals off? Names like, "Euthanasia Kennel, a place where your animal has a week before being killed." Or, "Death Camp". Would it then be as easy to say, "oh, if I can't sell these puppies I will just drop them off at the Death Camp". Or," well if we can't sell these kittens we'll just take them to the Euthanasia Kennel to be killed."
I truly believe if we were more honest in our language that changing our use of killing animals as a solution would become less and less tolerable because we would be admitting what we were doing. I actually think that we need to stop using the word 'Shelter' (unless a place truly is a shelter) and we need to start using accurate words.
When people bring an animal into a 'shelter' and are given false reassurances about the possibility of this animal finding a home it continues the cycle of deception which continues the cycle of killing. I think it would be far kinder for the person at the counter to say, honestly, "There is a 60% chance we will be unable to place your dog. Your dog will be here one week before being killed."
What really happens to dogs and cats when they enter a 'shelter':
- The ASPCA estimates that 5 out of 10 shelter dogs and 7 out of 10 shelter cats are euthanized annually across the nation in large part because the number of animals entering shelters is far greater than the number of animals that are adopted from shelters.
May Dogs and Cats not be casually breed,
May Dogs and Cats be spayed and neutered,
May Dogs and Cats find loving homes,