BORN TO DIE: 5 - 10 Million Pets Euthanized In Animal Shelter Every Year

Born To Die: 5 - 10 Million Pets Euthanized In Animal Shelter Every Year

Sent: Sunday, June 05, 2005 1:22 PM
Born To Die: 5/10 Million Pets Euthanized In Animal Shelter Every Year

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"Every year, an estimated 5 to 10 million pets are euthanized in animal shelters in the United States. Why? Because there is no place for them to go, no homes for them.

"Yet, we continue to let animals roam freely, unneutered and producing more unwanted animals. Their offspring often go from birth to the shelter, where, if they are not adopted before their 6 days are up, they will be killed.

"That is where the expression 'born to die' applies; newly born into this world only to be put to death. What a tragic waste of life.

"There is a solution for this overpopulation problem, and that is to spay and neuter.

"We spend an estimated 2 billion tax dollars per year to round up, house, euthanize and dispose of these homeless animals. Certainly there is a more constructive use for this money.

"And, as a more compassionate, civilized society we should make a concentrated effort to bring an end to this needless suffering.

"Filmmaker Joanie Spina produced a documentary film, Born to Die, which explores many aspects of the problem.

"She hopes that it will raise awareness about the pet overpopulation, and motivate people to take action. A second film concerning feral cats is also in development.