Another Failure for Memphis and for MSN

Despite being the recipient of international condemnation for its mistreatment of community pets, the city of Memphis enacted a mandatory spay-neuter (MSN) law in late 2010.  MSN sacrifices pets’ lives to ideology.  MSN does not reduce/eliminate shelter pet killing and it’s failed everywhere it’s been enacted.  Some examples:

  • The city of Los Angeles enacted MSN in 2008 and after the first year, shelter intake and killings were up.  Killings increased after the second year as well.  The third year was yet another failure.
  • Intakes and killings increased in Las Vegas after the city enacted MSN in 2010.
  • When CA was considering statewide MSN legislation in 2007, the past president of the California Veterinary Medical Association wrote a lengthy letter to the Board detailing his opposition.
  • Killings and costs both went up in King Co, WA after MSN was passed in 1992.

As a result, most every major animal welfare group in the country opposes MSN.  That list includes:

Memphis took in 15,401 pets in 2010 and killed 11,906 of them.  2011 was the first full year with MSN in place and the pound was closed for part of November while the facility moved to a new building.  Intakes and killings dropped significantly that month, as one would expect.  But even with the reduced numbers for November, MAS still took in 15,042 pets in 2011, killing 11,030 of them.  As such, Memphis joins the list of cities where MSN failed to stem the tide of pet impounds and killings.

A dog from the stray area at the old MAS facility is dragged to the kill room on November 5, 2011.

Tragically, MAS killed 73% of the pets in its care in 2011.  But there is a way to end this hemorrhaging of compassion in Memphis.  There is a set of programs which has been proven to eliminate the needless killing of shelter pets.  It’s called the No Kill Equation.

You can’t pass legislation which punishes pet owners as a means to stop the killing.  You can’t turn off the webcams and lock animal advocates out of your meetings as a means to stop the killing.  You can’t blame the public as a means to stop the killing.  But you can stop the killing Memphis.  Get rid of your failed MSN law, turn the webcams back on, open up your meetings, accept help from the public and implement the proven programs of the No Kill Equation.  You could start saving pets today.

Memphis, please – stop the killing.

 

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10 Comments

  1. Even the bonehead legislators in California killled the MSN bill after they were shown facts and statistics.

    Oh, and thousands of our calls, letters, and emails.

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  2. DRAGGING THESE BABIES TO THE KILL ROOM, WHAT I WOULDENT GIVE TO WALK UP BEHIND THAT FILTH AND PUT MY FOOT UP HIS ARSE AS HE IS DRAGGING A TERRIFIED AND TRAUMATISED ANIMAL TO ITS DEATH..THAT SHELTER IS DISGUSTING AND BARBARIC, AND THE SO CALLED STAFF ARE NOTHING BUT..ANIMAL ABUSERS…THEY SHOULD ALL BE SACKED AND PROSECUTED FOR ANIMAL ABUSE. GET ANIMAL LOVERS IN TO RUN THE PLACE, THAT WAY THE ANIMALS WOULD BE PROPERLY LOOKED AFTER…

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  3. mikken

     /  January 19, 2012

    You are assuming that reduced killing is a goal they share. I would say that the evidence does not support this assumption.

    Lifesaving is a not a goal for Memphis. It apparently never has been.

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    • I was trying to articulate thoughts on this latest act of stupidity when your comment explained it all. They don’t care about saving lives. This is a disposal facility and MSN just gives permission to seize more animals or ensure they are surrendered by people who are afraid of being punished.

      I thought Memphis was in Tennessee. I guess it truly is an island off the coast of some other continent. For shame.

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  4. Erica

     /  January 19, 2012

    Wish MAS was the ONLY failure for animals in Memphis!

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    • Erica

       /  January 19, 2012

      Sorry that should read MSN was the ONLY failure…..

      sorry I was thinking about MAS closing on Saturday for their kill training on the poor animals!

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  5. Angie Vipperman

     /  January 19, 2012

    I am sickened by this

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  6. Does anyone have any updates on this horror story? did they carry out their “murder” training? Please say it was stopped.

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  7. For everyone as disturbed as I am: did you call the phone number given in the article? or email the mayor, as suggested in the article? If not then all the hand wringing in the world on this site, facebook or anywhere else does NOTHING.

    People, if you love animals and want to ensure that HUMANE laws are passed and enforced, then you have to speak up to the people who make/enforce them. It’s not hard. Generally you don’t have to tell them who you are, or where you live. They’re people, and they’re PAID TO LISTEN even if they don’t agree. If they have an opinion different from yours, it’s likely they still won’t actually argue with you, so you don’t have to defend yourself. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. It works. But we have to squeak louder than the white noise going on between their ears.

    See they don’t get that there are millions of people who detest their actions and policies, because too many of us just cry and post our outrage and sadness on facebook – they don’t see these blog comments nor our personal comments on facebook. Use THEIR FB page to post comments, look up email addresses on THEIR website and email them, look up the phone numbers and make a 30 second phone call.

    Please, please, please don’t just post sorrowful comments. Our animal friends deserve better.

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