Sunday, July 30, 2006

National Report Card on Shelter Killing

In the July 5th Blog, I shared some information from the forthcoming 13th annual ANIMAL PEOPLE analysis of kill rates in communities across the United States. The nation's only report card on this important topic has now been published.

Mahatma Gandi taught us that the greatness of a nation and its moral progress is best judged by how we treat our animals. If that is true, then it is time we reject as a nation the catch-and-kill methodologies of the past and implement proven non-lethal programs that demonstrate we can truly be a humane society.

Excerpts from ANIMAL PEOPLE, July/August 2006:

"The good news is that the national rate of shelter killing per 1,000 human residents in the U.S. has dropped to a record low of 14.7.

“Because the U.S. human population and pet keeping significantly increased since 2001, total U.S. shelter killing is still above the low mark of 4.2 million. However, at 4.36 million in 2005, we could achieve a new low in 2006.

"Los Angeles city and county combined have cut their shelter killing in half since 2003, and at a combined rate of 3.94 are now killing fewer animals per 1,000 residents than San Francisco killed in 1994, the first year of the Adoption Pact that made San Francisco the first no-kill city."

Click on the link below to read the entire report and see how LA is doing compared to the rest of the nation: