The April 18 article, Pet rescue operator Gigi’s Rescue in Hialeah accused of animal abuse, reports the alleged neglect of hundreds of animals. It is an example of a disturbing nationwide epidemic in communities where an obsession with “no-kill” status has trumped concern for animals’ welfare. Where shelters have been pressured to end euthanasia at all costs, animals often end up suffering and dying slowly and painfully in “rescues” and “no-kill” shelters.
Every week, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals receives reports about rescues and fosters that claim to save animals from euthanasia hoarding, starving and fatally neglecting those animals.
Shuffling animals from facility to facility may improve live release rates, but it puts animals in danger of horrific fates, and it does nothing to solve the animal homelessness crisis.
The key is to stop the problem at its source, by passing spay/neuter laws and breeding bans that reduce the number of homeless animals born every minute.
Teresa Chagrin, Animal Care & Control Specialist, PETA, Norfolk, VA.