Maddie's fund and the Ad Council recently provided some statistics that should help clarify some of the arguments against many types of Animal Rights legislation. This link was featured in a recent blog posting by Nathan Winograd:
The Maddie's Fund presentation states that across the country there are 17 million households that (1) will get a pet within the next year and (2) haven't decided where to get their pet (shelter or breeder). The presentation also states that there about 3 million pets euthanized each year. The conclusion that I reach is that if every shelter animal were adopted, 14 million households would have get their pets from breeder-sourced outlets.
Let's apply the concept to California. The state represents about 12 percent of the U.S. population. So, 12 percent of 17 million is about 2.0 million households (remember the description, that (1) will get a pet within the next year and (2) haven't decided where to get their pet (shelter- or breeder-sourced)). The most recent state shelter statistics (2007) indicate that about 340,000 dogs and cats were killed in shelters. This suggests that if every shelter animal in California were adopted, citizens in the state would still demand 1.6 million pets next year from non-shelter sources.
Traditional animal control ideologues view this marketplace for pets as the source of abandoned animals without recognizing that this same marketplace is the only alternative for shelter animals, other than death.
MANDATORY SPAY/NEUTER LAW KILLS 21,000 DOGS IN LOS ANGELES
Statistics just released by the California Department of Public Health confirm that Los Angeles shelters killed over 21,000 more dogs in 2008 than in 2007. This represents an increase in shelter killing of 177% during the year that mandatory spay/neuter became the law in Los Angeles. Outside of Los Angeles, the effects of the current recession were in evidence as shelter euthanasia of dogs increased only 1%. Mandatory spay/neuter laws have been touted by Animal Rights groups as the solution to animal shelter overcrowding. Based on these statistics, mandatory spay/neuter laws could be viewed as the "final solution" as the killing of dogs in Los Angeles takes on genocidal proportions.
SB 250 passed the Senate on what amounted to a party-line vote and moved to the Assembly. It will be heard by the Assembly Business and Professions Committee on June 30, 2009.
SB 250 is a measure that would require owners of intact dogs either to purchase unaltered dog licenses or to sterilize their dogs, would make it easier to deny or revoke licenses for unaltered dogs and would require the mandatory sterilization of pets for a single violation of animal control ordinances.
Click on the links below to view our most recent correspondence on SB 250. Please note that the Letter to the Editor was submitted mid-May. It's been edited (somewhat), and the paper chose, perhaps wisely, not to use our suggested title, "Florez's Legacy: Dead Dogs?"