Year after year, the primary “service” performed at Memphis Animal Services is killing. City leaders in Memphis have never held anyone accountable for the ongoing failure of the staff to do their jobs – that is, to shelter animals. The system is designed to kill animals and that’s what they do, even in the face of proven, lifesaving alternatives.
Bolstered by killing apologists, MAS director James Rogers goes so far as to call the systemic slaughter of healthy/treatable dogs and cats at his facility “euthanasia” when in fact euthanasia (“easy death”) is a word reserved for mercifully ending the suffering of animals deemed medically hopeless by a veterinarian. All shelter pets have a right to live. There is nothing merciful about killing:
Shelter Director James Rogers said they make every effort to get the strays healthy and adoptable.
“I am not against euthanasia,” Rogers said, “I am against unfair and cruel euthanasia.”
I take this to mean James Rogers believes it’s neither unfair nor cruel to round up homeless pets and kill them. That’s the extent of his business plan. “Make every effort” translates to “make no effort” – just do the same thing year in and year out. Insanity is sometimes loosely defined as repeating the same actions while expecting different results. In Memphis though, they simply repeat the same actions – killing animals – while having no expectations of anything other than rounding up more animals to kill. Not only is Memphis failing to achieve different results with its repetitious actions, the city isn’t even trying for those different results. It’s a scratched record. It’s a set of wash, rinse, repeat instructions where the wash and rinse have been replaced by kill. It’s a loop.
When rappers take the most familiar hook out of a popular song and loop it so it repeats for 5 minutes, they can say anything they want over the top because people are comfortable with that recognizable riff. This is what the city of Memphis has done. MAS kills animals in an endless loop that everyone in the building is comfortable with and city leaders recognize as familiar while James Rogers blathers on about striving for excellence. It’s a hoax.
When asked about the MAS pets who have owners, adopters or rescuers coming for them but are killed anyway, he says:
“We just cry to each other and then just get back in and do it again,” Rogers said.
See, that’s the problem.
(Thanks Clarice for sending in this link.)