This year, some four million animals will be killed in shelters. The vast majority can and should be placed into loving homes or should never enter shelters in the first place. But there is hope.
No Kill sheltering models, based on innovative, non-lethal programs and services, have already saved the lives of tens of thousands of animals. But instead of embracing No Kill, many shelters—and their national agency allies—cling to their failed models of the past, models that result in the killing of millions of animals in U.S. shelters every year.
No Kill is a revolution. And behind every revolution is a declaration—a statement of grievances, and a listing of rights and principles that underscore our great hope for the future. We assert that a No Kill nation is within our reach—that the killing can and should be brought to an end. Join us in endorsing The Declaration of the No Kill Movement in the United States.
It is open to every individual, every group, and every agency that wants to bring about an end to the killing by implementing the programs and services that will establish a No Kill nation. Programs like allowing rescue groups to save animals on death row and offsite adoption events. These are not radical concepts, but in the current sheltering world, one can be ostracized for daring to proclaim the simple truths that population control killing is not an act of kindness and that free-living animals have a right to live.
Join us in speaking for those who can’t. In the length of time it will take you to read the Declaration, nearly one hundred animals will be needlessly killed.
One hundred and fifty years ago, societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals and other humane organizations were founded to establish standards for humane treatment of animals, to promote their rights, and to protect them from harm. This marked the formal beginning of the humane movement in the United States.
The scope and influence of these early humane organizations were testament to the public’s concern for animals. It did not take long for them to set their sights on the abuse of homeless animals and cruel methods of killing by public pounds. It was common practice at the time for city and town dogcatchers to beat, drown, or shoot homeless animals.
Many humane agencies responded by entering into animal control contracts with towns and cities to ensure that the killing was done more humanely. But in taking on municipal animal control duties, these agencies abandoned their lifesaving and life-enhancing platforms when those beliefs conflicted with their contractual responsibilities. In the current era, where laws require killing by even more “humane” methods, these contradictions have become starker.
Increasingly, the practices of both humane societies and municipal animal control agencies are out of step with public sentiment. Today, most Americans hold the humane treatment of animals as a personal value, which is reflected in our laws, cultural practices, the proliferation of organizations founded for animal protection, increased per capita spending on animal care, and great advancements in veterinary medicine. But the agencies that the public expects to protect animals are instead killing some four million animals annually.
Lifesaving alternatives to the mass killing of animals in shelters have existed for decades.These lifesaving methods are based on innovative, humane, nonlethal programs and services that have proven that the killing can be brought to an end. Too many of these agencies, however, remain mired in the kill philosophies of the past, unwilling to or hampered from exploring and adopting methods that save lives. This is a breach of their public trust, a gross deviation from their responsibility to protect animals, and a point of view that we, as caring people and a humane community, can no longer accept or tolerate.
We assert that a No Kill nation is within our reach—that the killing can and must be brought to an end. It is up to each of us working individually and together to implement sheltering models that have already saved tens of thousands of animals in progressive communities. If we work together—with certainty of purpose, assured of our own success, with the commitment that “what must be done, will be done”—the attainment of our goals will not be far off.
II. No Kill Resolution
Whereas, the right to live is every animal’s most basic and fundamental right;
Whereas, societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals and other humane organizations were founded to establish standards for humane treatment of animals, to promote their rights, and to protect them from harm;
Whereas, traditional sheltering practices allow the mass killing of sheltered animals;
Whereas, every year shelters in the United States are killing millions of animals who could be saved, and are also killing millions of free-living animals who do not belong in shelters;
Whereas, life always takes precedence over expediency;
Whereas, the No Kill movement in the United States has successfully implemented new and innovative programs that provide alternatives to mass killing;
Whereas, lifesaving change will come about only if No Kill programs are embraced and further developed;
Whereas, failure to implement No Kill programs constitutes a breach of the public’s trust in the sheltering community;
Now, therefore, be it resolved that No Kill policies and procedures are the only legitimate foundation for animal sheltering; and,
It is incumbent upon all shelters and animal groups to embrace the philosophy of No Kill, to immediately begin implementing programs and services that will end the mass killing of sheltered animals, and to reject the failed kill-oriented practices of the past.
III. Statement of Rights
We acknowledge the following:
- Sheltered animals have a right to live;
- Free-living animals have a right to their lives and their habitats;
- Animals, rescuers, and the public have a right to expect animal protection organizations and animal shelters to do everything in their power to promote, protect, and advocate for the lives of animals;
- Animal protection groups, rescue groups, and No Kill shelters have a right to take into their custody animals who would otherwise be killed by animal shelters;
- Taxpayers and community members have a right to have their government spend tax monies on programs and services whose purpose is to save and enhance the lives of all animals;
- Taxpayers and community members have a right to full and complete disclosure about how animal shelters operate.
IV. Guiding Principles
No Kill is achieved only by guaranteeing the following:
- Life to all healthy animals, and to all sick, injured or traumatized animals where medical or behavioral intervention would alter a poor or grave prognosis;
- The right of sanctuary for aggressive dogs where behavior intervention cannot alter a poor or grave prognosis;
- The right of free-living animals to live in their habitats;
These conditions can be achieved only through adherence to the following:
- Shelters and humane groups end the killing of savable animals;
- Every animal in a shelter receives individual consideration, regardless of how many animals a shelter takes in, or whether such animals are healthy, underaged, elderly, sick, injured, traumatized, or not social with humans;
- Shelters and humane organizations discontinue the use of language that misleads the public and glosses over the nature of their actions, such as “euthanasia,” “unadoptable,” “fractious,” “putting them to sleep,” and other euphemisms that downplay the gravity of ending life and make the task of killing easier;
- Shelters are open to the public during hours that permit working people to reclaim or adopt animals during nonworking hours;
- Public shelters work with humane animal adoption organizations to the fullest extent to promote the adoption of animals and to reduce the rate of killing;
- Shelters provide care and treatment for all animals in shelters to the extent necessary, including prompt veterinary care, adequate nutrition, shelter, exercise, and socialization;
- Shelters are held accountable for and make information publicly available about all the animals in their care.
V. No Kill Standards
The implementation of these lifesaving procedures, policies, and programs must be the immediate goal of every shelter, and animal control and animal welfare agency:
- Formal, active commitment by shelter directors, management, and staff to lifesaving programs and policies, and dedication to promptly ending mass killing of shelter animals;
- Immediate implementation of the following programs by all publicly funded or subsidized animal shelters:
- A foster care network for underaged, traumatized, sick, injured, or other animals needing refuge before any sheltered animal is killed, unless the prognosis for rehabilitation of that individual animal is poor or grave;
- Comprehensive adoption programs that operate during weekend and evening hours and include offsite adoption venues;
- Medical and behavioral rehabilitation programs;
- Pet retention programs to solve medical, environmental, or behavioral problems and keep animals with their caring and responsible caregivers;
- Programs to release free-living animals back to their habitats;
- Rescue group right of access to shelter animals;
- Volunteer programs to socialize animals, promote adoptions, and help in the operations of the shelter;
- Documentation that all efforts to save an animal have been considered, including medical and behavioral rehabilitation, foster care, rescue groups, re-release, and adoption.
- An end to the policy of accepting trapped free-living animals to be destroyed as unadoptable, and implementation of re-release programs;
- Abolishment of trapping, lending traps to the public to capture animals, and support of trapping by shelters, governments, and pest control companies for the purposes of removing animals to be killed;
- An end to “owner”-requested killing of animals unless the shelter has made an independent determination that the animal is irremediably suffering;
- The repeal of unenforceable and counter-productive animal control ordinances such as cat licensing and leash laws, pet limit laws, bans on feeding stray animals, and bans on specific breeds.
Ready to make YOUR No Kill Declaration? Sign here:
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Ready to make YOUR No Kill Declaration? Sign here:
nokilladvocacycenter.org/?page_id=658 (scroll to bottom of page)
THE QUESTION: If PETA told you “Come visit us tomorrow and we’ll give you a ‘loving death'”, would you do it?
THE RULES: One word answer (Either “YES” or “NO”) only.
After answering the question for YOURSELF, scroll down, below the t-shirt graphic….
If you answered “YES”, you are a liar.
If you answered “NO”, you are a hypocrite for doing to others, or supporting something being done to others, what you would NEVER want done to YOU!!
Either way, it’s time to rethink your life. You have more potential than to settle for a life of homicidal madness. You can make a POSITIVE change in the world, by SAVING, not murdering others, and by advocating that others be SAVED, not murdered.
Live, Let Live.
Love, Let Love.
Be Loved. Let Others Be Loved.
This is the pure, correct, Universal Law of Ethics
Does PETA, HSUS, ASPCA, Kill “Shelters”, etc. “love” animals?
Seeing as how they ALL OPPOSE life saving legislation, the answer is NO.
Oh, they *say* “this” and they *say* “that”, but it’s what you DO that determines whether you love someone or not.
PETA, HSUS, ASPCA, Kill “Shelters”, etc. cant even do the most basic things that love requires.
Whereas the unethical PETA, the inhumane Society of the U.S., the cruel ASPCA, and sad, fraudulent excuses for animal “shelters” ALL MURDER healthy/treatable animals, we can answer the question of “Do they love animals?” with a definitive “NO!”
If they “loved” animals, they wouldn’t murder those who are healthy/treatable. If they “loved” animals, they would SUPPORT legislation to save animals’ precious lives.
Love doesn’t kill. It only loves.
PETA, HSUS, ASPCA and Kill “Shelters” can’t claim the same.
TRUE Animal lovers live by THIS motto:
Visit http://www.nathanwinograd.com and read his blog to learn more.
Shelter: To protect from harm, to provide refuge, a safe haven
The first time many animals experience neglect and abuse is at the very shelter that is supposed to protect them from it. Our shelters are in crisis. Why? Killing is an act of violence. And not only do people in shelters work at a very place that commits this violence, they have, in fact, been hired to do exactly that. Can we really be surprised when they don’t clean thoroughly, don’t feed the animals, handle them too roughly, neglect and abuse them, or simply ignore their cries for help? How does shoddy cleaning or rough handling or skipping meals compare with putting an animal to death? Because shelter workers understand that they have the power to kill each and every one of these animals, and will in fact kill most of them, every interaction they have with those animals is influenced by the reality that their lives do not matter, that their lives are cheap and expendable, and that they are destined for the garbage heap. Where there is no right to life; there is no regard for welfare.
Murder and cruelty go hand in hand. In fact, murdering a healthy living soul IS a form of cruelty….it’s the worst form of cruelty in fact, because it’s the only form of cruelty where the animal has ZERO chance of healing.
Fact: Murdering healthy, adoptable pets is NOT “humane”, and it is NOT “kind”. It is CRUEL, and it is WRONG.
We treat pets as though we were omniscient gods‚ lying by deluding others into believing that death is our loving “gift” to them. We have no right to condemn healthy companion animals based on our limited understanding of their realities, as our mission should be exactly the same as children’s advocates: Establish more temporary safe havens, find additional permanent homes, and, most importantly, develop programs that reduce the number of homeless. Do countless children suffer for many years trapped in overcrowded and substandard orphanages?
Of course, as do refugees and millions upon millions of other displaced people, and this suffering is a horrendous tragedy. However, compassionate people seek to remedy these problems through addressing the fundamental causes, not killing the victims.
Killing is done by the uncivilized. By the weak-minded. By the cruel. By murderous NON animal lovers. For love doesn’t kill. It loves, protects, and enhances life.
Saving lives is done by those truly evolved enough to know that a cat’s life means equally as much to Him/Her, that a human animal’s life means to them!
It’s time to get over ourselves. We humans do not have the patent on life. We are but one of millions of species of animals on Earth, (most of whom were here long before us) and we are no more, and no less, deserving of rights, and of life, than anybody else.
To pretend otherwise, is to live a lethal fantasy.
True animal lovers choose to live a compassionate reality.
True animal lovers know that, like humans, our fellow animals are living, breathing, thinking, feeling, loving, soul filled Children of God, equally as much as anybody else.
And as such, animals, including pets, deserve the same Three Universal Birthrights, that everyone else does:
1. The Right to Live.
2. The Right to Love.
3. The Right to Be Loved.
What you have read is The Ultimate Truth…………the ignorance, arrogance and Speciesism of kill “shelters”, PETA, the HSUS, the ASPCA and other pet murdering frauds, notwithstanding.
All Are One. One Is All.
Please, make your community a No Kill community. Be brave. And know that you are on the side of right. Take action. Pets need YOU.
Our Pets are being murdered by the millions every year, in poor excuses for animal “shelters”. There ARE life saving alternatives (see below), but kill “shelter” operators are used to the status quo of killing pets, rather than saving them. YOU can help change that, by checking out the links below, and then demanding that your local “shelter” officials, Mayor, Governor, City Council Members, State Representatives, City Representatives, State Legislators, City Legislators, Senators, etc. actively fight to stop this disgusting massacre of our four legged family members. Ignite your passion into an eternal flame. Fight the good fight. Fight for Pets’ Rights! Thank you.
—— Life Saving Resources ——–
The No Kill Advocacy Center:
CAPA – The Companion Animal Protection Act:
Why Legislating No Kill Matters:
Proof That ‘Pet Overpopulation’ is a Myth:
Speciesism – The ROOT of the Killing Problem:
The Truth About PETA:
The Truth About the HSUS:
The Truth About the ASPCA:
Saving 90 (Strive for 100):
World’s First and Largest No Kill Shelter: NSAL America
Saving Feral/Stray/Community Cats:
Alley Cat Allies:
No Kill Benefits the Economy:
“I know you’re healthy, and want to live, but I’m unhealthy and of unsound mind and want you to die, so , let’s just call it a ‘loving death’, so that the idiots who support me will think this is somehow ‘good’ for you, though I’d never want someone to do to ME, what I’m gonna do to you.”
PETA ARE AGAINST THE VERY IDEA OF HAVING PETS. They are on record as saying that they would love for pets to go extinct.
Thus, the answer to WHY PETA murders Pets has been answered: You cant make someone extinct, if you go around caring for them, loving them, and yes, even SAVING THEM, now can you? No, only by MURDER, can you try (unsuccessfully) to exterminate entire species.
Little do they know, they, PETA, are going to become extinct loooooooooooooooooooooooooooong before pets ever do, because the love, the bond between…
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The Smithsonian, long thought to be a dignified institution, are nothing more than politicians who twist “science” into garbage (you know it as “junk science”) that is not based in scientific data, but is instead based in biased agendas, rooted in ignorance and arrogance.
Please sign Alley Cat Allies’ petition, telling the Smithsonian to stop using junk science in their cat hating agendas, and to instead admit the truth: HUMANS, such as those at the Smithsonian, are the #1 cause of wildlife decimation and extinction.
WE, the members of the human animal species, always want a “patsy” to blame, for the damage WE do.
Cats will NOT be the patsies of junk science junkies…because, once again, HUMANS are the main cause of wildlife decimation and extinction.
Tell the Smithsonian members to look in the mirror for the cause of wildlife decimation and extinction.