Its no secret I hate PETA.
They want to kill my best friend.
So I wasnt surprised that in a recent article highlighting the issue of animal shelter euthanasia, PETA was there to dance on about how they are for shelter euthanasia, but but against using dogs for life saving research, but against the KKK, but for killing dogs based on their breed (Arnie is a Jew dog! Yay!), blah blah whatever. Theyre idiots.
What I was surprised to read was
The Humane Society another fringe group like PETA, the ‘Humane Society of the United States’ backing up PETAs idiotic stance:
“No-kill is a noble goal,” says Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. “But the sheer number of animals make it almost unachievable.”
Well, okay, maybe. But city after city is trying to go ‘no kill’, and local private shelters seem to be doing as best they can on the budgets they have…
Shelters in Virginia, New York and San Francisco report successes similar to Nevada’s, and communities in more than a dozen states have announced no-kill goals and added legislative mandates to their agenda. King County, Wash., passed a law requiring area shelters to achieve an 85 percent save rate by 2009. San Antonio, Texas, is aiming for zero kills by 2012. And Ivan City, Utah, saved 97 percent of its shelter animals beginning in 2006 when the animal control ordinances were rewritten to prohibit the euthanasia of healthy animals.
But Brown and others insist they have achieved no-kill without turning animals away, and on a fraction of PETA’s $30 million budget. “With the resources at their disposal, PETA and the Humane Society of the U.S. could become no-kill in no time,” Winograd says.
Oklahoma City is trying to be ‘no kill’ by 2010 (hopefully they will do so, as a graduation present for me :P). And ‘no kill’ seems like it would improve volunteer numbers and donations– I cant go to the OKC shelter to make donations of towels and rawhides and such. I physically cant. I cant hear those dogs bark… Im tearing up typing this… So I have a campus friends take them in for me.
But man, ‘no kill’ shelters are a happier place! You can volunteer to play with Fido and Dozer without worrying they will be killed, all alone, on your day off. Sure you might get attached and they get adopted on your day off, but YAY!
Luckily, I dont think I officially have to go to war with The Humane Society– according to the article, there are local chapters that are going ‘no kill’ on their own. But it will make me more careful about my donations.
Edited to add– I got duped. See Wes for more on how to spot a fake humane society.