LETTER 1 – No Fan of No-Kill Shelters

I am a long-time member of Friends of Animals and wish to comment on the Winter 2007-2008 issue of ActionLine, in which you give favorable press to “no-kill” shelters.  I give significant money to humane efforts but zero to “no-kill” shelters.

The following five criteria are necessary for my support: Open admission by the shelter; no screening of acceptable animals; space is always available; no time limit for adoption; and euthanasia as necessary.

A “no-kill” shelter cannot answer yes to the above questions, because they often stock pile animals and turn away strays, causing the area humane society to take responsibility if the animal is lucky enough to make it that far; otherwise, they are simply dumped.

Employees and volunteers at humane societies have a great love for animals and accept all animals in an effort to place them in a loving home.  You need to give some good press to their effort and not bad-mouth them under the selfish guise that “no-kill” shelters are a more desirable, prestigious operation.

Jon Belisle
Maplewood , MN


Your Letters section of the Spring 2008 ActionLine, discusses the seemingly unreachable “no-kill” goal.

I fully agree that, ultimately, it’s the compassion and responsibility of us all that would prevent the tragedy of pet overpopulation and the painful alternative of euthanasia. However, let’s not overlook the key factors that contribute most to the crisis: pet breeders, puppy mills and pet shops. Even Cat Fancy and other pet magazines include page after page of breeders’ ads. Are we kidding ourselves?

If it were in my power, I would have long ago closed all the puppy mills, dog and cat breeders and pet shops. Of course hell would break loose and lobbying in Congress would be so loud and explosive that legislators would cave in to breeders and it would be “business as usual.”

In addition, as long as the majority of the public, either by ignorance, stupidity or cruel neglect, continues to let their animals go unaltered or treats them like disposable pieces of furniture, there is little chance that Winograd’s commendable dream can even get close to fruition.

Mireya Landin
Williams, AZ

LETTER 3 – We Have the Power To Make Change

In ActionLine (Winter 2007-08), Claudette Vaughan points out how HSUS, PETA etc. have failed the animals. Any and all who read these lines, forgive my simplemindedness: Who's HSUS? Who's PETA? Every single member, most likely in the millions…

We need to get practical. If the “humane” corporations' systematic euthanasia practices and [insufficient] shelter/rescue work we find appalling, why are we putting millions of dollars into their bank accounts? We have the power to make changes. Let our dollars do the talking and the walking — over to another organization (including Winograd's) that's willing to spend on the animals TODAY. Numerous wealthy groups have millions of dollars in the bank. What are the saving it for, a rainy day? IT IS RAINING TODAY!

Ava Barcelona
Action Volunteers for Animals
Chicago , IL

LETTER 4 – Raising Awareness for Bees

ActionLine 's article (Spring 2008), about bees made me remember something that happened at 8th Avenue and Bellaire in Denver, south of Colorado Psychiatric Hospital.  On the southeast corner is a small shopping center with an ice cream shop and a Subway.

At about this time of year, the flowering trees along the Bellaire side of the lot were in full bloom.  When I went past the first time, someone was spraying the trees.  When I came by an hour later, the sidewalk under the trees was covered with dead and dying bees.

My assumption was that the spraying had something to do with preventing the trees from fruiting.  While these bees may not have been from the large commercial hives they certainly were doing their job of pollinating the trees while feeding their families.

Is there anything that we can do to prevent or at least publicize this kind of activity?

Kathy Groth
Denver , CO

Editor’s note: People should be aware of this wherever they live, start asking questions (as you are), and let city councils and business groups know why such action is misguided and dangerous.


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