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Animal Euthanasia on the Chopping Block in Colorado

Animal Euthanasia on the Chopping Block in Colorado

Adopting a pet is a wonderful way to both create a lifelong relationship and save a life. While pet stores and private breeders might offer exclusive breeds or better quality (and just for the record, that’s usually an expensive mirage), it’s shelter animals that face certain death if a family fails to claim them. This is a cruel reality that animal welfare activists in Colorado are fighting to change.

Attorneys from the not-for-profit organization AnimalsVote.org have submitted a ballot proposal called the Colorado No-Kill Pet Animal Act, which, if passed, would essentially make Colorado the first no-kill state in the nation. Animals Vote was founded on the belief that “the killing and the suffering of animals in deference to our own behest and gratification is an impediment to the moral and social progress of mankind.” Unlike other animal rights groups — the Humane Society of the United States, PETA and the ASPCA — Animals Vote spends 100 percent of its revenue to affect meaningful legislation on behalf of animals.

Current state law in Colorado only requires that an animal be sheltered for five days — regardless of whether it has been abandoned or is just temporarily lost. If an owner or adoptive family doesn’t surface in that tiny window of time, it’s perfectly legal for the shelter to euthanize it. “For animals without identification, the holding period is three days, though some counties have longer holding periods,” reports the Denver Post. And if there’s no room available or if the animal acts in a way that indicates injury or an aggressive personality, the shelter can euthanize it immediately.

This barbaric policy means that thousands of animals are killed each month, simply because there wasn’t time for their family to materialize. And it’s something that Animals Vote organizers say must stop.

According to the Denver Post, the proposed initiative “would strip shelters from the ability to put animals down if they’re deemed dangerous or if the shelter does not have additional resources. Moreover, only after a certified veterinarian has examined the animal, and in a written opinion deemed the animal as suffering, could it be euthanized.”

Do you believe there’s a better way to reduce the homeless pet population? Care2 member Chris Wolverton believes that animals should have more than a few days to be reconnected with their families, whether old or new. Please sign and share his petition below to show support for the Colorado No-Kill Pet Animal Act.

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6:32AM PDT on May 5, 2014

THIS NEEDS TO BE CORRECTED

2:43PM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

PLEASE HELP! DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS MATTER NOW!! TODAY!!!!!!!!!! Thank-you for sharing. Theresa R.

12:36PM PDT on Apr 24, 2014

This is wrong what if the family has gone on holiday and asked a friend to care for the animal which may have wondered off or been wrongly identified as a stray by the time they get home their pet/family member is dead

11:26AM PDT on Apr 24, 2014

Signed.

2:26PM PDT on Apr 22, 2014

Education is the key. Push for spaying and nuetering. Euthanasia is Not the answer!

5:14AM PDT on Apr 22, 2014

Signed

6:32AM PDT on Apr 21, 2014

agree with thought of mandatory spay neuter laws - euthanasia is not the answer

5:16AM PDT on Apr 20, 2014

Great idea but hard to implement and manage. Signed and I wish them the best with the effort.

2:41PM PDT on Apr 19, 2014

ILONA,
YOU TOOK ACTION ON JANUARY 07, 2014

We've got 5,349 signatures, help us get to 6,000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3:26PM PDT on Apr 18, 2014

Signed.

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