This poster was posted on Alley Cat Allies’ (ACA’s) fb page. Everything looks good, until you get to the last suggestion:
“Don’t take kittens to a shelter…”
Really?! I guess they’re concerned kittens taken to an animal shelter could be euthanized. That is a real possibility. However, animals in most shelters do receive humane care. They are also generally altered and vaccinated if adopted. Kittens left to their own defenses grow up to be cats which reproduce at unbelievable rates, if they survive at all, that is.
ACA advocates for trap-neuter-return (TNR), which is also a viable option for dealing with the cat overpopulation problem. However, they have apparently become so overzealous that they would prefer people to leave cats unaltered and roaming free than to take them to reputable shelters.
All of this brings me to the title of this blog: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), an organization so infamous its acronym needs no explanation, is the polar opposite of ACA. They advocate that euthanizing cats is better than running them through TNR programs.
I have been involved in animal welfare work for over 16 years in Ky, a state that has been named several years in a row by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) as the worst in the nation regarding animal laws. Statewide, animal advocates have pushed the state legislature for better animal laws, to little avail.
However, seeing two supposed animal organizations take such twisted positions is even more disheartening to me than seeing the results of the do-nothing legislature. If the animal welfare community can’t come to agreement on key issues, how can we expect others to take us seriously? I know in some cases you have to agree to disagree. But, in the much over-used words of Rodney King, can’t we all just get along?