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USA: Animal Shelter Opt-out Clause To Euthanise — 8 Comments

  1. Cats and dogs are food in some Country’s like Vietnam, Philippines,China and Korea which is condemned in Western Country’s and most of the Developed World including India.What about the 2 to 3 million cats and dogs that are euthanized every year in U.S.A pet shelters ? IS THIS LESS CRUEL THAT EATING CATS AND DOGS? What happens to the euthanized animals at “PET SHELTERS” ? Are they re-cycled as “PET FOOD”,an indirect form of cannibalism in pet food ? I find it bizarre that more cats and dogs are killed in “PET SHELTERS” around the World than consumed as food by certain cultures.What about poultry,cattle and pigs which are factory farmed for human food ?Don’t some people keep odd pets like pigs, chickens goats and cattle ?The best alternative to euthanazia is sterilization as done in India.As for certain cultures eating dogs and cats as food is akin to a majority of the human race being non-vegetarians and the Vegetarian population hating the same.”ONE HUMANS FOOD IS ANOTHER HUMANS POISON”.

  2. The AVMA (AMERICAN VETERINARIAN ASSOCIATION) has specific guidelines for the acceptable methods of euthanasia as well as body disposal. You can go to their site and view – AVMA.org. It’s long and cumbersome to sort through.
    This is what I believe to be true:
    1. lethal injection – now the preferred method
    2. electrocution – this is not specifically addressed in the guidelines but known to be in use at some shelters.
    gas chambers and compression chambers are no longer approved
    1. cremation – not typically done as not cost effective
    2. rendering plants – self explanatory and sickening
    3. land-fills – most common. animals are placed in large black garbage bags and stored in freezers until dumped in the land-fill LIKE RUBBISH!

    • Thanks Dee for that information. Appreciated. The rendering plants method really has to stop. Sorry. It perpetuates the problem because dead cats are a commercial asset. How can that help resolve the so called cat overpopulation problem? It does the opposite. What is the point of working out how to save cats if big business wants dead cats?

      As far as I am aware gas chambers are still used although not approved. Less so perhaps but still used.

      • I’m sure you’re right about gas chambers as well as compression chambers. Just because AVMA no longer approves doesn’t mean they aren’t still used. Disapproval doesn’t constitute law.
        It all makes me sick!

        • It’s so frustrating to feel powerless to make an impact that may impart change. American attitudes toward animals are so different from the Brits. It makes me sad.

        • It doesn’t seem like the AVMA have any influence at all over the welfare of animals, their guidelines about declawing being a last resort are totally ignored too.
          The AVMA are just a joke!

  3. Those gas chambers are truly horrific. I would completely collapse into tears if I had to see what happens when they get killed that way. A real life living hell invented by humans of course and to save money. I think there should be legal requirements to have the job of making the decision to kill. I think the UK is good saying only a vet can decide. I also think a vet should not get anything out of deciding to kill. There should be prohibitive paperwork and checkups and oversight when it comes to killing so that it cannot be an easier or cheaper option. It should be more complicated and more difficult and more expensive.

    When I picture one of my cats ending up in a gas chamber I can’t believe it – I can’t believe its even possible. I can’t believe that it is worse than the WW2 genocide. If I lived in the US and my cat ended getting gassed I don’t think I would be able to carry on. Even if my cat just got euthanized in less than a day. Imagine having a crappy neighbour who traps your cat and gets it killed in a shelter. I would be a walking disaster if that happened. I think I would generally be too scared to have a cat in many places in the US – only if it was somewhere that I was 100% sure no bad people could come along and touch my cat. I wouldn’t want to have to keep my cat inside all day. I’d have to meet all of my neighbours and be 100% sure they weren’t going to shoot or have my cat killed. It’s just too scary to even think about it. Maybe out in the countryside where you have no neighbours – but out there is risk of predatory animals I guess. These shelters are the source of nightmares and a real living hell. A complete betrayal of animal kind – true fear and desperation and horror. A nightmare no book or film could conceive.

    If a person has the power to make a choice like this, to say my cat is in pain and to kill it because he can then I think this person must love animals by default. A person with this power has to have oversight or have to answer to random checks or something. There should always be CCTV in these places or something.

    • Well said. I think the biggest problem of all is the fact that dead cats killed at shelters are sometimes (don’t know how much) shipped to pet food manufacturers. As I stated in my response to Dee, that turns dead cats into raw material for big business, which must encourage killing cats which in turn is a barrier to stopping the production of unwanted cats. It is madness. That aspect of the process must stop if progress is to be made in slowing up the creation of unwanted cats. Big business wants unwanted cats because it gets their dead bodies.

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