DawnWatch: NY Times and LA Times on pet overpopulation 6/30 – 7/1/07

July 2nd, 2007 8:31 pm by mad mags

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Date: Jul 1, 2007 7:38 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: NY Times and LA Times on pet overpopulation 6/30 – 7/1/07

This weekend, the New York Times and Los Angeles Times have had complimentary articles on pet overpopulation. A Saturday, June 30, New York Times piece looks at the burden on families, with big hearts and small bank accounts, who take in strays but don’t have money for vet bills kostenlose player herunterladen. A Sunday, July 1, Los Angeles Times piece examines the Los Angeles efforts to move towards no-kill. At the forefront of the Los Angeles effort is the California Healthy Pets Act, AB 1634, which mandates the spay-neuter of dogs and cats over four months. The bill allows anybody to get an exemption by purchasing an intact permit if they wish to breed a registered purebred, or if their veterinarian requests an exemption for medical reasons, and there are many other exemptions ntv. So the bill would not ban breeding so much as put in some desperately needed speed bumps. It would allow responsible, licensed breeding and disallow irresponsible breeding. Please visit http://www.cahealthypets.com/home.htm to learn more about it and find out what you can do to help.

The New York Times article, by Eric Eckhold, is headed “For Poor Families, an Added Burden of Too Many Pets.” (June 30, p A10.)

It tells us:

“Midnight dumping of unwanted dogs is common here on the southern tail of the Appalachian Mountains, where large numbers of poor people are attached to multiple pets but cannot afford to sterilize or vaccinate them, and where impoverished county governments do not maintain animal shelters, require licensing or enforce requirements for rabies shots font downloaden mac.

“The combination of pets and poverty, veterinary experts say, brings similar results to many rural areas: unhealthy conditions for oversized animal populations, desperate efforts by often-overwhelmed individuals to help and a lurking threat to human health.”

We read about the Swetmans, who have a hard time making ends meet, but “have ended up with a large menagerie nonetheless, mostly because of abandoned animals and unplanned births.” They manage to feed the dogs, but veterinary care for vaccines and for spaying or neutering is beyond their reach.

We read, “So the Swetmans were grateful to get an appointment at a temporary free clinic for their latest two puppies, even if there were no slots left in the oversubscribed five-day program for their eight older unspayed females ebay turbo lister for free.

“The clinic was set up in Selmer’s National Guard armory in mid-June by Rural Area Veterinary Services, a program of the Humane Society of the United States that sends volunteer veterinarians and students to Appalachia, Indian reservations and other areas to sterilize and treat pets whose owners live in poverty.

Tammy Rouse, Appalachian coordinator for the volunteer service is quoted:

“It’s like putting a Band-Aid on a gushing artery. Spay-neuter has to go hand in hand with education and legislation.”

You’ll find the whole article on line at http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/30/us/30dogs.html aufbauspiele pc kostenlos downloaden.

Its call for legislation compliments Sunday’s Los Angeles Times article, by Carla Hall, headed, “Seeking end to slaughter of abandoned animals. Pet rescuers and L.A. city officials discuss ways toward a ‘no-kill’ policy. It won’t be easy.” (July 1, p B5)

In that article, Los Angeles Animal Services General Manager Ed Boks is quoted, saying that the kill rate, while decreasing, is still too high, which “speaks to the importance of AB 1634.” He says, “Clearly, spay-neuter is the solution adobe connect chip kostenlos. We have to turn the faucet off.”

Judie Mancuso, campaign director for that piece of legislation is also quoted, noting that in California in 2005
“We brought in 840,000 dogs and cats. And we killed over 450,000. Now that’s just appalling.”

She says she finds it most upsetting when opposition discusses “personal property” rights. She comments, “Animals reproduce; they suffer. This is not your refrigerator.”

We read:

“The Healthy Pets Act has made it through the Assembly and awaits Senate approval.” (Visit http://www.cahealthypets.com/home.htm to learn more.)

You’ll find the full Los Angeles Times article on line at http://www.latimes.com/features/health/medicine/la-me-nokill1jul01,1,5734134.story.

Both of the articles cited above open the door for letters expressing appreciation for the papers’ coverage of the issue and further discussing the importance of spay-neuter and adoption. The New York Times takes letters at letters [at] nytimes.com. The Los Angeles Times takes letters at letters [at] latimes.com.

Always include your full name, address, and daytime phone number when sending a letter to the editor. Remember that shorter letters are more likely to be published. And please be sure not to use any comments or phrases from me or from any other alerts in your letters. Editors are looking for original responses from their readers.

Yours and the animals’,
Karen Dawn

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