Check out this fabulous, sensitive article from Louise Glazebrook on the Huffington Post, putting into words what I’ve been thinking the past few days – Do Unwanted Dogs Need to Burn to Death to Get Noticed?
As the article says:
It’s desperately sad that 53 dogs lost their lives in the fire. What is also desperately sad are the statistics from the annual Dogs’ Trust survey which were released last week. The figure that hurt the most was that in the UK, 21 stray dogs are put to sleep every day. Per year, our dog-loving nation puts down approx. 7,805 unwanted dogs a year.
… It’s not a fire, granted, but it’s not the way dogs should be treated in this nation of ‘dog-lovers’.
The stats mentioned reflect the situation in Ireland – 10 dogs are killed every day in Irish pounds. Every week our government kills more dogs than were killed in Manchester. There are no national stats on feline deaths, but it’s estimated 180,000 kittens die every year on these shores (note that’s not including adult cats).
I, too, would like to see
proper investigation, prevention and investment on making dog rehoming centres redundant because they are no longer required to deal with the disposable dogs that our society casts aside on a daily basis.
I’d also like to see cat rescues and TNR groups made redundant for parallel reasons.
The solutions include population control through neutering and spaying, Trap Neuter Return and more adoptions from rescues rather than breeders; decent legislation; enforcement of that legislation, and; more than four ISPCA inspectors.
This September 25th, Remember Me Thursday is promoting an international adoption awareness drive in an attempt to address one of these issues – we’ll be writing more on that later today. It’s an American initiative that’s relevant internationally. Your participation would be fantastic!
For any change to happen the issues need to be highlighted and protested clearly and regularly by a responsible public. That’s you!
If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito ~ Anita Roddick
Remembering the 53 dogs lost to arson in Manchester Dogs’ Home. And remembering all the companion animals who never found a forever home.