Who is responsible for the deaths of animals in shelters?
Certainly the breeder or the irresponsible pet owner is guilty, but so are the local politicians who care more about taxes and expenditures than they do about life. They hire the people to kill the dogs and cats. They refuse to spend the money to provide outreach, adoption initiatives, long term care.
Companion animals are incapable of fending for themselves in the wild. Humans created them to be companions. Humans are responsible for them. Human society should provide for them.
The people who kill shelter animals are all of us. Most are part of the killing through ignorance. But the local politicians, the bureaucrats, and those who stab the dogs and cats with needles are all scum.
If someone abandoned a child on your doorstep you would certainly think the person reprehensible. But would you kill the child because it was inconvenient to keep him or to find her a home?
That is exactly what local governments do across the country. And every vote cast by a city councilman or county supervisor that permits the murders of innocent animals is the reason animals die in shelters. Very convenient for these politicians to blame others for the number of stray dogs and cats. But they are the murderers of those dogs and cats.
They are among the most despicable humans on the planet.
Solving the problem of animals without homes and caretakers is solely a financial one. Money is needed to provide free spaying and neutering, to recruit fosters, to advertise for forever homes, to educate the public, to develop school curricula, to provide long term care, to prosecute breeders and puppy mills, to pass legislation requiring landlords to rent to people with pets, to increase the number of dogs and cats allowed per residence
The conventional model is just to kill animals that exceed the ability of the shelters to house. And many shelters do not even attempt to meet capacity as a way of economizing on staff and expenses.
Animal activists can make a difference in animal lives by participating in every level of government, from local races for councils and mayor where animal shelters are run, to state government which can require renting to people with pets, can ban trapping, limit hunting, protect wildlife, to the presidency, which can set animal policies, like banning wild horse roundups and abolishing Wildlife Services, prohibiting animal testing and experimentation, stop the use of animals for target practice in the military, stop the Navy killing whales and dolphins.
We don’t have a voice unless we vote. And the general rule is to vote for the most liberal or leftist candidate you can find.
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