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Don’t Be Fooled by No-Kill Proponents’ Smoke and Mirrors

Written by Alisa Mullins | June 11, 2013

Everybody wants to eliminate the euthanasia of adoptable animals—certainly the shelter workers who face the Sisyphean task of finding good homes for the deluge of homeless animals that flows through their doors do. But a coalition of “no-kill” organizations is busy hoodwinking the public into thinking  that the solution to this problem lies in simply “putting down the syringes” for “just one day” as part of a misleadingly named “no-kill” initiative. They’re even soliciting donations on their Just One Day website—when, by all rights, the donations should be going to the shelters who shoulder the burden of housing, feeding, and caring for animals. Who is behind this initiative? It’s time to ask that question. Is it breeders? People who receive money from breeders?

Do they “put down their syringes” if animals are sick, injured, elderly, aggressive, feral, or otherwise unsocialized? What happens to those animals? And what happens to animals who are not able to be taken in because there’s no longer any room for them? Is it OK for them to be dumped along the highway? And is it OK to crowd dogs and cats together so that they all get sick from respiratory infections, parvovirus, and other communicable diseases? While pointing the finger at shelters that refuse to define themselves as “no-kill” until there are no more animals who need a painless exit from an uncaring world or until there are truly enough good homes for them to go to, Just One Day gives a free pass to those who created the overpopulation problem in the first place—the breeders, the pet shops, the people who buy animals instead of adopting them and who refuse to spay and neuter, and the people who abandon animals on country roads or in urban alleys. Wake up, supporters of such “initiatives”—you are being duped in a smoke-and-mirrors game. Turn against the breeders, and demonstrate outside the pet stores—stop them from producing and selling puppies and kittens, and leave the shelters alone!

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  • CdV says:

    I agree!

  • Anastasiya says:

    I’m against animal abuse!

  • Fashionfan says:

    Instead of “just one day” to not euthanize, how about we have “just one day” where we all protest outside pet stores, donate to organizations like PETA that expose puppy mills, volunteer for spay/neuter initiatives, or help with adoption clinics? That would do much more good and put the blame back where it belongs.

  • Philip says:

    No-kill, to me, means Slow-kill. Dogs and cats need love, attention, play, companionship, back rubs, brushing and fun. Being held in a cage or even a pen, waiting for someone to find 30 to pay attention, is no quality of life. I am wholeheartedly with PETA on this issue.

  • Joie says:

    This puts the blame in all the wrong places – shame on breeders and pet stores for making it look like open admission shelters are the bad guys. Thank you for sharing this PETA!

  • Cam J says:

    Well said — let’s get the focus back on where it needs to be: promoting adoption and sterilization. That’s the best solution for providing a loving home for every dog and cat.

  • LucyP says:

    Amen. Instead of harassing animal shelters, people who want to end euthanasia should be going after breeders and pet stores—the ones who create the need for euthanasia in the first place. Asking them to stop breeding for “just one day” would do much more good!

  • Sylvia Shafer says:

    I very much agree

  • MP says:

    ALL breeders need to be put out of business – NOW!

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