Took a walk in D.C. the day after the NoKill Conference 2012. Although the quotes from our past presidents were seldom directed at the right of animals, I couldn’t help but see some parallels as I walked around the national mall and read the poignant quotes carved in the granite. This is from FDR.
If you can’t see the inscription it says “Men and nature must work hand in hand. the throwing out of balance of the resources of nature throws out the balance also the lives of men.”
Our shelter system is out of balance of nature and it affects us in disparate ways. You can argue that it is simply a moral imperative to save shelter pets, which is what I believe. You can look at the fact that you can generate revenue by adopting out as opposed to killing. You can do it because it is simply unnatural. It doesn’t matter why you want to change the system. It is just that there is no salient argument to not change the system and with change we bring a balance back to nature. The wholesale killing for shelter pets in unnatural, and neither is the killing protocols of most of our shelters.
On a slightly lighter note, here is a quote from FDR about his dog. It was rumored he left his dog behind on a trip to the Aleutian Islands and sent a U.S. Destroyer to go back and get him. His political opponents seized on the events. FDR answered for his dog:
“These Republican leaders have not been content with attacks on me, or my wife, or on my sons. No, not content with that, they now include my little dog, Fala. Well, of course, I don’t resent attacks, and my family doesn’t resent attacks, but Fala does resent them. You know, Fala is Scotch, and being a Scottie, as soon as he learned that the Republican fiction writers in Congress and out had concocted a story that I had left him behind on the Aleutian Islands and had sent a destroyer back to find him – at a cost to the taxpayers of two or three, or eight or twenty million dollars- his Scotch soul was furious. He has not been the same dog since. I am accustomed to hearing malicious falsehoods about myself – such as that old, worm-eaten chestnut that I have represented myself as indispensable. But I think I have a right to resent, to object to libelous statements about my dog.”
Some believe this speech gave FDR a nudge to win in 1944. The american public loves their pets. And just a little understanding of what is happening out there today will change us into a No Kill Nation.