From No Kill Advocacy director Nathan Winograd:
“Frightened by the escaping gas sound, they move anxiously in their chamber—some frantic, others frozen by their fear and trembling. Technical papers describe ‘vocalizations’ to make it sound more clinical and academic, but even one unfamiliar with dogs and cats would know to identify it as fear and stress—barking, crying, whining, howling. As the hissing of gas flooding the box continues, animals become disorientated, fall, collapse; but instead of a quiet, limp faint towards stillness, there is thrashing of hyper-excitable muscles twitching in the poisoned air, convulsions, the animals still ‘vocalizing,’ animals in phases of these states of fear and anxiety and distress. Some of the animals urinate and some defecate … adding disgust to the disgrace they’ve been fated to suffer.”
The fact that the majority of states still allow animals to be killed in this manner underscores the complete lack of national leadership in this movement.
The fact that in every state but two, shelters can kill animals even when qualified rescue groups are willing to save the lives of those animals underscores the complete lack of national leadership in this movement.
The fact that shelter directors can keep cages empty, refuse to work with volunteers, kill rather than foster baby puppies and kittens, and ban the adoption of animals based on the way they look underscores the complete lack of national leadership in this movement.
Today, shelters are the fiefdoms of those who run them. There are few checks and balances, few standards, and very little accountability. In a moment of candor, even HSUS admitted, “there is actually very little oversight of sheltering organizations.”
They hand-wring, they excuse, they obfuscate. They even fight reforms. But they do not solve problems. It’s time to stop writing checks and start rolling up our sleeves. Let’s do it ourselves.
In short, there ought to be a law: http://bit.ly/19sKuTM