news from US – Texas act prohibits killing of healthy animals in pounds – The Companion Animal Protection Act of 2011

Great news to animal welfare! The Texas Companion Animal Protection Act has been implemented. Among other wonderful things, it bans the gas chamber, makes it illegal for shelters to kill if rescue can save them, ends ‘convenience’ killing and requires shelters to be truthful about killing statistics. 

“It is the intent of the State of Texas to curtail the killing of savable animals in the State. In order to accomplish this, the State of Texas finds and declares that:

Protecting animals is a legitimate and public interest

The killing of savable animals in shelters is a tragedy……….. 

Download the full text of the ACT here

DRP Comment:

We wonder how long it will take for Acts like this to appear here in Australia! Tell us your thoughts!






Why wont people speak up?

Last week, 2 things happened on the same day.

Firstly I got an email from a person with inside information on a situation in a certain Shelter in Australia. I was given a great deal of information, but was told that this must remain confidential and anonymous. Now, I don’t know how to help change things if people want to remain “anonymous”and not put their name to their claims.

It happens a lot and it’s very frustrating. We are sitting on this mass of information and can do nothing with it. It’s not a good feeling.

Then later that same day I was sent  a link to one of Nathan Winograd’s articles called  “Courage and cowardice in the fight for a no kill nation”. In this article, expressed better than I could, he says :

“I spend a fair part of my day on the telephone. And when I can help someone reform their local pound or when I can help a shelter manager improve their rate of lifesaving, I find it rewarding. But there is one type of telephone call (and e-mail) that fills me with dread. And that is the person who calls about inhumane treatment or other unethical behavior of a local “shelter” or animal welfare organization, but wants to remain anonymous.” Continue reading

A guide to the ideal shelter director

Article from No Kill Sheltering Oct 2006

Until April 2005, the CharlottesvilleAlbemarle SPCA, an agency which contracts for animal control in Charlottesville, Virginia, was the target of criticism for what some in the rescue community saw as unnecessary killing.

But then it all changed. In their search for a new director, agency trustees did not hire someone with years of sheltering experience. In an era which has historically been dominated by reactionary policies, “sheltering experience” often brings a mindset of “how we have always done it.” In other words, it brings an overreliance on killing.

Instead, the Charlottesville Board of Directors sought someone with passion for animals, and specific skills which could be transferred to a shelter environment. They chose a lawyer with a business background. And the results have been dramatic.

Download article here…. Guide to Ideal Director

DRP Comment: a valuable article; download it and forward to all board members you know in shelters and pounds. Relevant in light of recent matters at geelong.