I recently posted about what is really a pretty big deal for shelter pets in Delaware and potentially for shelter pets in every state in the country which might choose to follow suit. Basically, Delaware is affording multiple, mandatory statewide protections to pets in shelters including the stipulation that killing is a last resort. For those of us hoping to see no kill become a nationally embraced philosophy in our lifetimes, this is huge. H-U-G-E.
I wanted to check out the reactions of the big national animal welfare groups to the great news in Delaware. I began by doing a Google search but came up with nothing beyond local and regional coverage. So I went to the websites of the Humane Society of the United States, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Best Friends Animal Society.
HSUS wants the public to know how to help butterflies keep cool in the heat, ASPCA tells us how we can win tickets to Lilith Fair, and BFAS is promoting spay-neuter on puppies and kittens (which I oppose, but that’s for another post). I know all three of these organizations to be extremely web savvy. So why couldn’t I find even a mere mention of the groundbreaking legislation to protect shelter pets in DE? Did I simply miss it? Can anyone point me in the right direction?
Perhaps even more curious, BFAS did post a link to an article in 2008 where Nathan Winograd talks about the possibility of Delaware becoming a no kill state. If Best Friends was interested in this issue for DE in 2008, why are they not reporting on this giant leap forward for the state now?
After failing to find anything from the “big three” animal welfare groups, I continued searching the web for other reactions. I found something from the Animal Law Coalition praising the DE legislation but cutting on those who supported Oreo’s Law in NY at the same time:
The Delaware law focuses on building working relationships between shelters and rescues to save as many animal lives as possible and at the same time ensuring that they don’t end up in a hoarding or other situation where they are abused or neglected. It’s unfortunate the proponents of Oreo’s Law would not consider amendments similar to the Delaware law.
Is this a fair criticism? Are the proponents of Oreo’s Law who allegedly refused to consider these amendments different from those who worked on the DE legislation? Of course there will be state differences as far as who worked on the two laws – animal advocates in NY and those in DE. But what about the national group behind these two laws? Wasn’t the No Kill Advocacy Center behind both? And is it necessary to buzzkill the wonderful success in DE by throwing sand in the eyes of fellow animal advocates?
Nathan Winograd also mentions Oreo’s Law and the DE Companion Animal Protection Act but has a very different take:
Like Oreo’s Law sought to do, the Delaware Companion Animal Protection Act mandates collaboration between shelters and rescue groups. A shelter cannot kill an animal if a rescue group is willing to save that animal’s life.
To read more about the exciting news from Delaware – including the law itself – visit the No Kill Advocacy Center.