I’ve written before about AVRAL, which stands for Alabama Voters for Responsible Animal Legislation, regarding the group’s mixed messages on banning the gas chamber. Currently AVRAL is encouraging its members to push for veterinarian Karen Hill-Sheppard to be appointed to the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (ASBVME). In a communication to its members, AVRAL states that the current board vacancies would ideally be filled by “veterinarians who understood the pressing needs of companion animals in Alabama”.
Dr. Karen Hill-Sheppard is the director at Huntsville Animal Services in AL. In 2010, her pound had a budget of more than $1.6 million. With that money, Dr. Hill-Sheppard killed 68% of the pets in her care. Of the 5629 pets killed at her pound, she classified 84% as healthy/treatable.
This is the person AVRAL wants to see in a position of power on the state level because of her understanding of “the pressing needs of companion animals in Alabama”? Hullo! There is no need more pressing for companion animals in AL than the need to survive. Which they are unlikely to do if they end up in Dr. Hill-Sheppard’s pound.
Talk about your mixed messages.