by Elisa Black-Taylor
Since the raid on Caboodle Ranch a few weeks ago there’s been a lot of talk about Florida’s No-Kill Bill SB818. This bill, proposed by Senator Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, would save animals and would also save taxpayer dollars.
To put this bill into simple English, it would prevent the killing of animals and transfer the cost of the animals saved to the non-profit rescues who will care for them.
Of course there would be provisions for violent or critically ill animals. But the senseless killing of thousands of pets turned into shelters would stop with this bill.
Taxpayer money, now going for the upkeep, euthanizing and disposal of shelter animals will be saved as the rescues who take on the responsibility of the animal would be responsible for the animals food, lodging and medical care.
Florida’s No-Kill Bill SB-818 may sound simple, but with the recent raid on Caboodle Ranch in Lee, Florida, it has many crying setup.
Regardless of what you may think of Craig Grant, there are those who believe this is all a setup by PETA/ASPCA or whoever would like to see animals euthanized instead of saved.
I’ve always disliked PETA for the simple reason they believe in killing feral cats. They are strongly apposed to TNR. As high as 85-90% of animals who come through PETA are euthanized because PETA believes in euthanasia instead of rescue. If this weren’t true they wouldn’t be protesting the bill.
The PETA raid at Caboodle Ranch comes at a convenient time (for PETA) in trying to kill this bill. Craig Grant is being used as an example against private animal rescues. If PETA can show that private rescues aren’t responsible to the cats they rescue, the bill has a better chance of being killed. And if they can show one private rescue as being bad, well, you know what they say about one bad apple spoiling the whole bunch.
Many in Florida are afraid the PETA raid will cause a trickle down effect and more raids will be forthcoming. Even on very small rescues with just a handful of cats. I’d really hate to see cat rescues having to operate “underground” with very few knowing who’s doing the rescuing or where they are located. I get a very sick feeling this is what’s coming in the not too distant future.
As I stated earlier, I’m not condoning anything Craig Grant, owner of Caboodle Ranch, is accused of. Many have insinuated PETA doctored up the evidence. As you may remember, they filmed a maggot filled refrigerator. It is said that refrigerator isn’t used for the cats and PETA used it in their video for visual effect.
Even if all of the suffering going on at Caboodle Ranch is true, this will only give more ammunition to those opposed to the law to see it never passes. The question is “how many rescues will be judged by this one case?”
Readers, I won’t even pretend to know all that’s going on at Caboodle Ranch and with the Florida No-Kill Bill SB 818. I would love to hear your opinion on this subject. Especially those of you who are in Florida who know more about this proposed bill than I can outline in a short article.
Was Caboodle Ranch set up by PETA? Is PETA really against this no kill bill that will save thousands of pets and thousand of taxpayer dollars? Will smaller rescues somehow be made to suffer for Caboodle’s mistakes.
At this point it doesn’t matter to PETA whether Grant is found guilty or not. They think they’ve proven their point. Are small rescues going to be forced to rescue cats in secret or face legal prosecution? Even though PETA doesn’t have possession of these cats, are the Caboodle Ranch cats safe or will they be euthanized at the 90% kill rate PETA is famous for? Does anyone know anything about these cats?
These are all questions I want answers to. Please comment and provide them for me and the other readers.
No-kill works. Other states have proven it works. Why are so many opposed to it?