Mayor Teresa Tomlinson has answers for why Columbus, GA isn’t no kill. Boy howdy, does she.
First off, she wants the haters to step off because her pound, which kills approximately 50% of its pets, is “the most progressive animal care and control center in the state of Georgia”. This is per Mayor Tomlinson and she should know because she’s “been doing research on it”. So there. End of argument, I guess.
But wait, there’s more:
“Instead of just irresponsibly caving into something that sounded very good, we took a very thorough process of developing the Save a Pet program, that we’re quite proud of.”
Wait – these are the only two choices? The thing that “sounded very good” (no kill, I presume) – could you have thoroughly looked into that? And why the adversarial language? It sounds like going no kill would mean “caving” in for the mayor. Ending the killing doesn’t have to be a war, unless you want it that way.
She adds that in a perfect world, Columbus Animal Care and Control would not put any animals down, but stresses not only is it virtually impossible, but has also been proven to actually be harmful to animals.
Cue the no kill=hoarding myth complete with ZOMG! TINY CAGES! Hoarding pets on its own just isn’t skeery enough apparently – you must get that mental picture of large dogs cramped into terrier sized cages for the full effect.
“Part of the humane treatment of animals that you don’t allow them to be hoarded, that you don’t allow them to be warehoused in very small cages.”
Again, these are the only two choices – hoarding or killing? What about that option that communities all across the country have put to use – the No Kill Equation? Its programs are helping compassionate and dedicated staff and volunteers end the needless killing of healthy/treatable pets in their communities. It could help Columbus too.
And finally, the coup de grace: Other places suck harder!
“I struggle with why we’re having such strong criticism from such a small group of folks, when there are so many other communities that are so far behind us, where their efforts and passions might be better directed.”
You’re such a small group of folks to deliver such strong criticism about the needless pet killing in Columbus. Why don’t you small people take your little passions somewhere that’s even more barbaric than Columbus? And don’t come back until we are the absolute worst shelter in the state!
Mayor Tomlinson sounds like a joy to work with. But yeah, we all want the same thing, blah. Yay team.