Written by PETA
Many of us have had a peek into the bizarre world of hoarding courtesy of reality television. Accumulating piles and piles of household junk is bad enough, but when hoarders collect living animals, the results are extreme neglect, suffering, and death.
According to the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), "It is likely that up to a quarter million animals—250,000 per year—are victims of hoarders. What's more, records kept by ALDF indicate that in the last four years, the number of reported hoarding cases has more than doubled. In terms of the number of animals affected and the degree and duration of their suffering, hoarding is the number one animal cruelty crisis facing companion animals in communities throughout the country."
Alarmingly, as a result of public pressure to avoid euthanasia at all costs, the hoarding mentality has infiltrated animal shelters. MSNBC.com reports that groups calling themselves "rescues" and "shelters" currently account for one-fourth of the estimated 6,000 new hoarding cases annually reported in the U.S. This is just one more way that trying to become "no-kill" before becoming "no-birth" hurts animals.
When animal shelters and rescue groups—such as South Carolina's terribly inaccurately named Sacred Vision Animal Sanctuary—aren't themselves hoarding animals, they sometimes farm out animals to anyone who will take them, including hoarders, in order to reduce the number of animals they euthanize. Here are just two examples:
Please help keep animals out of hoarders' hands by volunteering to help your local animal shelter screen potential placement partners, rescue groups, and adopters. Contact PETA for free placement partner applications and agreements. Please also spay and neuter all your animal companions—it's the only real way to prevent animals from being born only to end up homeless or hoarded.
Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post
Always visit any "No Kill" shelter near you and see what really goes on, behind the scnes too. the smaller rural ones are often the worst. The torture is bad. No Kill has turned into an excuse for hoarding and animal abuse.
Shelters of any kind - even no kill, sometimes must face the choice of euthanizing an animal. Most of the time it's because that animal is indeed a threat to the public (too feral) or too sick to recover.
I also do not understand the sudden change of shelter support PETA. Are you for or against shelters, because it seems like you only shift on your opinion based on the wind.
I wonder if having a program about hoarding aids the illusion that the desire to hoard is a genetic-disease, or is more normal than it is & thus some people are being fooled into believing they have the 'hoarding gene'... people who otherwise wouldn't bother acting crazy... people who are compelled to mimic bad behavior from a lack intellect. Anyway, learning about particular hoarders is not entertainment.
Amimal shelters are alot to blame by the looks of it they seem to be very keen to give these animals to anyone, before actually finding out anything about the person and more inportantally if they are capable of actually looking after the animal, they seem just interested in getting rid.
I'm sorry, I have become the extreme the abuse I see is unexplainable in Tulare county, California. I just want new laws that people need to be put down, in the same quantities as animals. I really wish I had the right to use a gun cause I would have no problem putting them out of their misery so they don't take it out on animals.
It is all very well for the public to cry out against euthanasia but surely, when you see this, that must be a more humane approach to what is essentially the result of human neglect i.e. not neutering. There should be legislation for pet owners to have a "drivers licence" before they are allowed pet ownership. THAT would be popular with legilators!
I'm moving within the next year and (before i say this i am a vegan and an animals rights activist)once I do I will be on a LOT of land, i'm going to take in animals like these (NOT HOARD) and take good care of them. I am also a veterianrian so if one is injured I can simply help them or quarantine them until they are better. They will not be forced to worry about abuse anymore, and I will also a have large portion for wild animals that have been forced into irresponsible homes or miserable roadside zoo, i will also have animals from slaughter houses, and animals that are shot and not killed but left in the forrest and I will ALSO have animals that are on shooting ranges, so basically ill have any abused animal of any type. but before you think horder, i must tell you, i have over 11 THOUSAND square acres
I have to say that, while I agree that sterilization is the most important goal, I can't agree that all animals living temporarily in crowded conditions should be put down. Would you rather live in an apartment with 5 roomates for a while, that isn't clean, and then get your own apartment later, or would you rather be killed? Dealing with the problem isn't killing the animals, unless they have severe health problems that cannot be healed. That's still running from the problem, and I think the animals are the ones being punished. I just feel that this line of reasoning could sometimes go too far and animals who would have hope for a second chance at a happy life would be killed before getting that chance. I remember when my mother was in the hospital and doctors and nurses told us she would die, they were sure, and she's perfectly healed now. Have a little faith.
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