A paper in Davidson Co, NC ran an article Monday in the “news” section (not “opinion”) which promotes the killing of shelter pets. The author, L.W. Shoaf, characterizes pet advocates as “zealots”. And from there, it goes straight to hell.
Mr. Shoaf wants readers to know that shelter pets are not friendly companions waiting to find a family:
The vast majority of these animals can be classified as feral, stray, surplus, often sick and/or dangerous animals.
He fails to mention that feral adult cats already have a home – the community. Or that feral kittens can be tamed. Feral adult cats should only be brought to a shelter for the purpose of neutering before they are returned to their colonies. Sick pets can be treated – they call it veterinary medicine. Dangerous dogs are rare and usually mislabeled by people not qualified to make such a determination. As for the pets he calls “stray” and “surplus” – is this a problem as far as getting the pets adopted? I highly doubt anyone who has ever adopted a stray or surplus (he makes it sound dirty) pet would agree. They are regular pets who happen to be homeless. This is not a crime. And certainly not one requiring a death penalty.
If these animals were such treasures, people would be breaking in line to take them home.
Well gee, I guess you’ve got us there. Never mind pounds who refuse to adopt some or all of their pets out to the public, who keep banker’s hours, who charge prohibitive adoption fees, or who require adopters to submit to home inspections and other invasions of privacy in order to save a pet’s life. Let’s put all that aside and just apply Mr. Shoaf’s logic – if they were so great, everybody would want them. Just like cultures which condemn rape victims as damaged goods who bring disgrace upon their families. You know they were asking for it anyway.
Not everyone wants to go to the pound and adopt an animal that someone else has ruined. Would you?
Why don’t we dispense with the gas chambers and blue needles and just stone all these surplus pets to death?
Mr. Shoaf also posits that gassing pets to death is a better experience for the pet than killing by injection. (He’s suddenly concerned about the quality of the pet’s death experience?) And he has the answer for pets who have been abused: death, natch.
If you are a pet advocate living in Davidson Co, NC, maybe you should send in an article to this paper. You know, so they can get more “news”.