Actually, attempts at mandatory spay/neuter have failed locally and would not be likely to pass on a state level. There are very organized efforts against it. Many counties in our state do not even have leash laws (there is opposition to that too), so animals run free and breed indiscriminately, then thousands are picked up with no hope of finding a home. So yes we are faced with the decision of how to deal with these unwanted animals in a humane way. 250,000 pets face death in NC shelters each year. Many, many of them are killed the SAME DAY THEY ENTER THE SHELTER. Owner-surrendered animals can be killed immediately. For them there is little hope if the shelter is full.
Rescuers try frantically to save as many lives as they possibly can. Many of us try to help our shelters with new ideas to get more pets adopted. But it isn't enough. 9 out of 10 dogs and cats at many shelters will die, and we must ensure that it is done compassionately and humanely.
Check out the link below to view the suggested new rules for animal shelters statewide. If they pass, these regulations can become part of our state law in November.
Issue 01 - 07/02/2007 [pdf] [doc]
There is a rule saying that a euthanasia trainer must disclose any conflicts of interest, but is that good enough? Someone with a conflict of interest should not be the main trainer of animal control officers all over North Carolina, paid by our TAX DOLLARS!
The rules will also require that gas chambers be commercially manufactured, which can bring even more financial gain for the same person.
Dr. Lee Hunter, Director of the Animal Welfare Section at the NC Department of Agriculture, may be reached at Lee.Hunter@ncmail.net
The board of agriculture is accepting letters for suggestions for the new rules at the following address until August 31. Please write to them and include the numbers of the rules you object to!
David S. McLeod, Secretary, NC Board of Agriculture, 1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1001.
Gas chambers are not acceptable for killing any animals. If over 80 percent of pets in our shelters must die, at least let's provide a humane end for them. Euthanasia by injection is the ONLY method approved by every national humane organization in the United States. It should be the only method accepted in North Carolina.
Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
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