Mahatma Ghandi is credited with saying “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated.” Abbie Moore, executive director of Adopt-a-Pet.com (North America’s largest non-profit pet-adoption web service) wants us to keep this in mind come election time. Moore would love nothing more than to hear what the presidential candidates have to say about the “national companion animal crisis.”
In her article “Why Pets Should Be Included in the Presidential Debate,” Moore says that 5 to 7 million companion animals (or pets) enter animal shelters each year and that 3 to 4 million of those, most of whom are healthy and adoptable, are killed for lack of space. Moore wonders what it says about us as a nation that we have come to see this as sad, but still acceptable.
Moore knows that currently all companion animal law are enacted at the state and local level, but she would like to see national politicians weigh in on the crisis and offer ideas on how to solve it. There is a lot of money that goes into “rounding up, housing and killing innocent animals” that could be used to help communities in other ways. Moore would like the presidential candidates to address this in their upcoming debate.
Not only do 62 percent of American households have at least one pet, our presidents have a long history of owning pets. We can’t imagine pets who have lived at the White House facing death due to an overcrowded pet shelter. Let’s hope we can find a way that no companion animals are faced with such an unfair ending.
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