Should animal shelters euthanize animals who have been at the shelter for a long time?
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1) Sometimes, euthanizing an animal is in the interest of the animal itself.
Take for example the Toronto Humane Society Shelter.
(I am posting the link not to save myself time, rather to provide evidence for my claims.) link: http://www.nbcnews.com... Essentially, this shelter had an astronomically low rate euthanasia rate of 6%. However, because of the mission to euthanize as few animals as possible, animals instead suffered and died slow, painful deaths from diseases and lack of care.
This example shows how in certain cases, euthanizing an animal actually benefits the animal by saving it years of small cages, inadequate care, and eventual death. Even though I love Rocky like a brother, I would much rather see him euthanized instead of painfully suffering.
Although animal shelters like Toronto Humane Society are relatively uncommon today, if euthanasia is banned, their model will become the norm.
2) Not all shelter animals will make preferable pets.
I can use my own shelter dog, Rocky, for an example of this. When Rocky was adopted, he was extraordinarily skittish and uncomfortable around people. Sometimes, he even takes a snap at unsuspecting visitors. Luckily, Rocky weighs less than 15 pounds, so he can"t really injure someone. But let"s say Rocky was bigger, say 50 to 75 pounds. At that size, the damage he could create would be exponentially greater, enough to seriously injure someone. Many shelter animals are this size and have abuse/people issues. Sadly, not all animals that reside in shelters are suitable pets.
The impact of this example is that there are reasons why some animals aren"t adopted. In addition, a human"s life should be valued over the life of an animal. We don"t want to endanger people, especially small children, by unintentionally adopting dangerous animals.
3) Euthanizing some animals will in turn help the legitimate animals faster.
One of my close friends worked at a local shelter this past summer. His passion for animals is easily twice as much as mine, as evidenced by his choice of work. Nevertheless, at summer"s end, he and talked about the idea euthanizing animals. Long story short, in addition to the reasons I provided, he mentioned that euthanasia was essential to the well being of animals because is helped the "good" animals find homes. In other words, by disposing of the potentially dangerous and unwanted dogs, it increased the attention and quality of care the "good" dogs received.
After reading these points, there are 4 primary ideas I want the reader to understand:
- I care deeply for animals.
- Although animal lives are important, human lives should be valued higher.
- Sometimes, euthanizing animals benefits the animals.
- Euthanizing animals can help give great dogs to great homes.
With these thoughts in mind, I encourage you to vote Pro to improve the lives of animals and humans alike.
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Vote Placed by Lee001 1 year ago
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