Q: How can we help save animals?
February 9, 2009 | By MICHELLE G. | 8 answers | Expired: 2005 days ago
I posted a journal today on a sad story which shows a need for better animal rights laws.Please read it and let me know your thoughts on how this could of been prevented.
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Feb 16, 2009
While passing laws to stop abuse is a good thing, the laws are only as strong as the police department that does or does not enforce them. Many departments just look the other way for animal laws. For instance, how many states have laws about dogs in the back of pick-ups? How many actually enforce them. It is common knowledge that a neighboring county where I live looks the other way for dog fighting. Somehow every single time federal/state enforcement tries to show up at a planned fight, it has been moved lock, stock and barrel.
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Feb 13, 2009
Sad journal about the mama cat & her kittens.
I think humane education beginning at an early age (and continuing) is a good start. I also believe that tougher penalties against those who harm animals need to be sought. And, of course, spaying and neutering, to reduce pet overpopulation.
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Feb 12, 2009
There is no single answer but will require a broad spectrum of efforts.
1st as horrific as the vick situation was it has raised a new awareness that has spread to the legislative branch which has stirred new laws and strengthening of existing laws. We cannot let the momentum pass and must continue to press at all levels of government.
2nd Education particularly of our children. Any shelter that doesn't have an outreach program for children to teach them about spay and neuter and the dangers of starngers with animals.
3rd We must try and do something to raise the level of compensation to those in animal care at the shelter level. Too many of the truly committed leave because they cannot continue at current pay scales and their positions are filled by those as descibed in your journel who do not have the animals best interest at heart.
4th We need the support of our local community to continue and it has to be year round. All these things we must do require money. We need to make the local population aware and not just when a shelter is closing. While the national organizations need money we need people to think local 1st.
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Feb 09, 2009
What a sad, sad story.
I believe there are two answers to the problem. The first is that there need to be harsher laws for animal abuse. A person who would hurt animals probably doesn't have much regard for any life in general.
The second solution is more humane education, especially for children. We need to get people when they're still young and teach them about respecting life and being a good citizen of the world.
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