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If people could only connect the dots

Karen De Coster on Animal Welfare

Nowadays, private rescues have popped up everywhere. Living in a metro area, I see new, local rescues all the time on Petfinder. I sometimes donate to these organizations because they are all volunteers contributing their time, and  sometimes money, to a most worthy cause. The culture here in America is such that people value pets and place them at a similar level of importance as family, and so they give their time accordingly. In the past, the government, with its county and city shelters, did nothing more than cage the homeless animals for a few days, hoping someone might come by to adopt them, and if not, they were killed. Since governments were not going to ramp up a massive welfare state to care for animals and their needs, private efforts stepped in and took up the task. What has evolved over the last dozen years is a huge network of cooperating individuals and organizations donating their time and money to what has become a largely private (and efficient) animal welfare system that is effective in dealing with the welfare of unwanted pets.

Can you imagine how much better things could be if people realized what works so well here works just as well for people?  Compare and contrast pet health care with people health care while you’re at it.


Legislative Logic

In Mass, the legislature wants to increase the tax on people who own and license a dog by $3. Alone, this is certainly not the most outrageous thing you’ll see today, but the explanation of why they need the tax revenue is pure awesome.

But state Sen. Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville) argued the fee is necessary to fund a state spay-and-neutering plan meant to snip the state’s out-of-control problem with strays.

“The number of abandoned animals has gone through the roof over the past few years,” Jehlen said. “Shelters are euthanizing animals because they have too many.”

So, they are increasing the tax on people who register, spay and neuter their dogs to pay for spaying and neutering of dogs.

Really? So what do you think will happen? I know what I would do (in fact, it is what I’ve done). My dog would not be registered.


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