People with information about harmful, abusive, and potentially illegal activities being committed have the power to do the one thing necessary to put these actions under the cleansing light of public scrutiny and thus, bring them to an end: speak out. But when they refuse to do so, they virtually assure that they continue.
“[T]rademark registration number 23699” is a “very valuable brand for commercial exploitation and fundraising.” —Associated Humane Societies of New Jersey, describing Patrick in their lawsuit against the City of Newark and the veterinarians who saved his life.
In August, the City Council in Rockwall, Texas voted unanimously to become a No Kill community. To top it off, the shelter had a stunning 97% rate of lifesaving for one of the busiest months of the year, an August to remember. I spoke to Michael Kitkoski, who along with his wife, Pam, is the founder of Rockwall Pets, the volunteer-based organization spearheading the No Kill initiative.
Some people claim that pet overpopulation is real. They do not have evidence to support it. They do not have data or analysis. They have no idea how many available homes there are (the demand side of the equation) as opposed to how many animals are killed but for a home (the supply side).
Even as we succeed in more and more communities, we must not simply sit back and wait for the others to catch up. We must update our efforts to reflect the changing nature of the No Kill debate within our own movement. We must upgrade to No Kill 2.0 with open and loving arms. The animals who are currently falling through the cracks that continue to exist also deserve our protective embrace.
There are no fates worse than death. And it is an arrogant abuse of our power over defenseless animals to think it is our right to make such a determination for them.