Do you know what single entity in the United States kills more pets than anything else? You’ll be surprised.
Euthanasia, or the killing of unwanted pets by lethal injection or electrocution, better known by the euphemism “putting to sleep,” ends the lives of more dogs and cats in this country than any disease.
Each year in humane organizations across the United States, millions of dogs and cats (estimates vary from 3 to 10 million or more) are “put to sleep.” Many pets are euthanized simply because they are no longer wanted or because they have a behavioral problem; most are not euthanized because they have an incurable disease. Even worse, no one knows how many more animals are euthanized by veterinarians or other individuals.
Spaying and neutering pets is an effective way to curb the population explosion of unwanted animals. Contact your local vet or humane society for information on how you can help.
Adapted from Dr. Kidd’s Guide to Herbal Cat Care (Storey Books, 2000). Copyright (c) 2000 by Richard H. Pitcairn and Susan Hubble Pitcairn. Reprinted by permisison of Storey Books.
Adapted from Dr. Kidd’s Guide to Herbal Cat Care, by Richard H. Pitcairn and Susan Hubble Pitcairn (Storey Books, 2000).