Ashley Meadows Meadows 1 Mrs. Dyer English 1
June 5th 2013
Illegalize euthanizing animals to relieve shelter overcrowding Because of the high number of unwanted animals and the lack of people adopting, animal shelters feel the need to euthanize over 50% of the animals. In 2011, According to Fox News, shelters put down nearly 20,000 dogs and cats in the St. Louis area. Animal euthanasia is a horrible thing to do to hopeless animals. American Humane Association (AHA) listed that in 1997, roughly 64 percent of the total number of animals that entered shelters were euthanized. Sadly we are in a world where people are abandoning their animal and shelters are being overwhelmed with the amount of animals brought in. The most popular way animal shelters try to fix this is by euthanizing, which isn’t the only answer. PETA shared that animal shelters in the United States handle approximately 6 to 8 million animals each year. Even though some are reclaimed or adopted, nearly 4 million unwanted dogs and cats are left with nowhere to go, leaving the cruel animal shelters to euthanize. Animal shelters that euthanize use different types of methods: some fast, some painless, some long and some suffering. World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) shares in a PowerPoint that the criteria for euthanasia is to be painless, to achieve rapid unconsciousness followed by death, to minimize animal fear and distress, and to be reliable and irreversible. We all know that many animal shelters don’t follow those rules. An example of a method that ignores those rules is gas chambers. Gas chambers are a long and suffering death. We all know about the holocaust and how horrific that was. This is what is happening to the Meadows 2 helpless,...
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