A city manager in Farmington, New Mexico is talking about spending an additional $50,ooo on animal services, citing things like a “much more humane process” and granting the animals a sense of dignity. Hey, this sounds promising. But no:
On Tuesday evening, the city council will discuss whether to include a $50,000 crematory at the Farmington Regional Animal Shelter.
The humane process and sense of dignity being discussed refer to animals killed at the Farmington pound – not animals actually sheltered there. Instead of sending the dead pets to the landfill, it will be so much lovelier to burn them on site. How thoughtful. And bonus:
In addition to being more humane, the crematory will pay for itself in two years, [city manager Rob] Mayes said.
Win for everybody! More dignified and cost effective! I can’t see any possible drawbacks. Unless anyone wanted to consider that pets at the Farmington pound have a right to live, that there is no dignity in killing shelter animals, and that $50 grand could go a long way toward saving lives. But no.
(Thanks Salette for the link.)