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September 13, 2022
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Austin, Texas. – Under, please discover a assertion from PETA Animal Care and Management Points Supervisor Teresa Chagrin following information that, save for emergencies, the Austin Animal Heart is not accepting canines and cats:
“There’s no excuse for what the video circulating on social media depicts: animals warehoused en masse in crates with no hope in sight. Worse, many animals rejected by the Austin Animal Heart will probably be pressured to endure in 90-degree temperatures on metropolis streets, all within the title of “no-kill.” It’s time for the neighborhood to demand that the publicly funded animal shelter preserve its doorways open to all animals who want refuge, cease warehousing them, and take severely its obligation to serve and defend Austin residents—each two- and four-legged.”
PETA factors out that the town of Austin claimed “no-kill” standing in 2011, and the Austin Animal Heart just lately resorted to housing a whole bunch of barking canines in cramped crates—as seen in a viral TikTok video. One staffer stated the canines had been caged for “23+ hours a day,” and a volunteer acknowledged that canines had been “unfed, with out water, and left to put in their very own waste in a small crate for anyplace from 24 to 48 hours.”
In its determined try to satisfy arbitrary “stay launch” statistics, the town has additionally warehoused, positioned, or transferred harmful canines—together with one canine who had been within the shelter for weeks, had a historical past of biting, and attacked a shelter worker who then wanted to be hospitalized. Media shops have additionally shared the heartbreaking tales of residents whose beloved companion animals have been mauled, not less than one fatally, by aggressive canines launched from the general public shelter.
PETA notes that it isn’t simply warehoused animals that suffer. Animals turned away by “no-kill” shelters are left susceptible to the hazards of utmost climate, automobiles, different animals, merciless individuals, and illnesses. They will even breed, which means extra animals born right into a society that has no place for them. Animal shelters received’t resolve the homeless-animal overpopulation disaster by turning their backs on animals. The answer is efficient, enforced spay/neuter necessities and a ban on breeding. Decreasing the variety of homeless animals would enable for a concentrate on high quality of life for every particular person.
PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals aren’t ours to abuse in any manner”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra data, please go to PETA.org or comply with the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.