Should all animal shelters be no-kill shelters? | The Tylt
Should all animal shelters be no-kill shelters?
No-kill activists say the practice of euthanizing animals is completely unnecessary in today's society. They reject that euthanizing some animals is a sad reality of how the shelter system works. Instead, they say shelters must innovate and adopt best practices which would lead to greater adoption rates and put an end to euthanasia entirely. The No Kill Advocacy Center's "No Kill Declaration" says:
Lifesaving alternatives to the mass killing of animals in shelters have existed for decades. These lifesaving methods are based on innovative, humane, nonlethal programs and services that have proven that the killing can be brought to an end. Too many of these agencies, however, remain mired in the kill philosophies of the past, unwilling to or hampered from exploring and adopting methods that save lives. This is a breach of their public trust, a gross deviation from their responsibility to protect animals, and a point of view that we, as caring people and a humane community, can no longer accept or tolerate.
Critics say the reality of of no-kill shelters is not as rosy as advocates make it out to be. Shelters often lack funding and have limited space. Many of the animals which come to shelters have health or behavioral issues. No-kill shelters are a great idea on paper, but the reality is not all shelters have the resources necessary to make it possible. Here's how PETA puts it:
“No-kill” policies don’t prevent animals from dying. They simply leave animals to die elsewhere—and often miserably. Facilities that adhere to these policies opt not to involve themselves in euthanasia by turning away animals in need, shipping animals out of state to unknown and often untraceable destinations, and/or warehousing animals in cages indefinitely.