Waubonsie Valley group wants to prevent the killing of animals
The Waubonsie Valley delegation introduced a bill regarding euthanasia of animals that would dramatically decrease the amount of animals killed in shelters.
The delegation found that 60% of dogs and 70% of cats enter a shelter and do not make it out alive. They predict that 97% of the pet population can be saved through the passing of this bill.
Their bill would abolish all kill shelters and replace them with no-kill shelters. However, although they are called “no-kill” shelters, euthanasia is still present at these shelters.
The difference is a behavioral test will be administered to the animal prior to euthanization. This means that the animal must be deemed unfit as a pet before it is put down.
In order to determine whether the animal would be a safe pet, a universal test will be given, and the animal will be graded on a set scale. This way, animals will only be put down for safety purposes, not just for space.
Sandy Balan, Senate sponsor, said, “The behavioral tests would include temperament tests. The dogs would be agitated and the reaction would determine their fate.” Balan continued to say, “It is important that animals are tested to ensure that they would not hurt their future owners.”
As a way to fund the shelters, since so many more animals will be present at one time, the money set aside for euthanizations would be put towards maintaining the shelters because with an increase of animals in a shelter, the quality of the shelter could surely decrease.
In order to avoid the decrease of shelter quality, “random sanitary inspections administered by city officials,” said Balan.
According to the bill sponsors, certain groups against animal cruelty would support this bill, such as PETA and other animal rights organizations.
(written by Abby Weisensee, Lake Park)