Like most advocates working to reform our nation’s broken animal shelter system, I am accused of being “divisive,” though the claim only goes in one direction. Apologists for shelter killing are free to call No Kill and No Kill advocates “cruel” and a “delusion” (National Animal Control Association), “warehousing” and “glorified collectors” (Humane Society of the United States), “No Clue” (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), and worse; but when you stand up for the animals, you are the “divisive” and “unreasonable” one. But stand up we must!
Wayne Pacelle, the CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and spokesman for the most notorious animal abuser of our time, is digging himself into a deeper hole. The head of the nation’s wealthiest animal “protection” group is now arguing in newspapers across the country, including San Francisco’s, that we should forgive Michael Vick because we are all “sinners when it comes to animals.” Is Pacelle really that desperate that he now says we are all monsters like Vick?
Redemption’s impact on the No Kill vs. Killing debate has moved beyond the United States. It is changing hearts and minds in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, as well. Let’s bring the No Kill revolution to all corners of the globe.
After one of my presentations at a national conference in Australia, the head of one of New Zealand’s largest shelters offered a challenge: New Zealand will be the first No Kill nation. The Australian delegation accepted the challenge. I accepted it on behalf of the United States. The race is on. Only time will tell if our 15-year head start will be enough to overcome the intransigence of uncaring shelter directors, their shirking staff, the government bureaucrats that protect them, and the national organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States which continue to legitimize the killing.