news from the US- National Day of No Kill Saves Thousands of Animals

On June 11, the anniversary of the first No Kill community in the U.S., at least 800 animal welfare organizations, animal control centers, private animal shelters and rescue organizations joined forces to save homeless pets and pledged not to kill any healthy, adoptable animals for Just One Day, the first national day of No Kill in the U.S.

The No Kill Advocacy Center and Animal Ark, who organized the event, estimate that as many as 9,000 animals were saved, but believe that number is conservative.

“We proved that there are enough homes for shelter animals,” said Mike Fry of Animal Ark. “So long as the shelters engage the animal-loving American public in positive and constructive ways, they will swoop in to help the shelters to save lives.” READ MORE HERE

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How does NSW compare to the UK for dog kill rates in council pounds?

A comparison of dog kill statistics in Council Pounds between NSW and the UK overall

The purpose of this document is to create a comparison of statistics between NSW and the UK , as information for the NSW Companion Animal Taskforce public submission 2012

Summary:

  • 3.3 times more dogs enter NSW Council pounds per head of population than enter UK Council pounds
  • Nearly 16 times more dogs per head of population, are killed by NSW Councils, than by UK Councils
  • The kill rate in Council pounds as a percent of dogs coming in, is 4.6 times higher in NSW than in the UK

The sources of statistics used for this analysis are taken from the following publications (click to open):

  1. ACAC; Contribution of the Pet Care Industry to the Australian Economy 7th Ed 2010
  2. NSW Companion Animal Taskforce;  Discussion Paper, May 2011
  3. Dogs Trust UK;  Stray Dog Survey 2011
  4. Dog News UK;  Domestic Dog Population Is Larger Than Originally Thought, 2011
  5. Wikipedia,  for human population statistics

 

Household cat/dog populations

  • UK:  10.3 million cats and 10.5 million dogs (2006)

Dogs 31% of households; Cats 26% of households (2007)

  • Australia: 3.41 million dogs and 2.35 million cats (2009)

Dogs 36% of households; Cats 23% of households

Human populations comparing NSW and total UK:

  • NSW population 7,238,819
  • UK population   62,218,761
  • Aus population 22,238, 800

 Based on the figures above: 

Cats and dogs per head of population

UK  2.99 people per cat/dog

Australia 3.7 people per cat/dog

Now, lets look at some comparisons between NSW and UK stats

Dogs handled by Councils

Dogs handled by UK Councils (10-11) 126, 176 = 493 people per dog ( dogs handled by council relative to population)

Dogs handled by NSW Councils (10-11) 48,523 = 149 people per dog ( dogs handled by council relative to population)

 Ie nearly 3 times more dogs enter NSW Pounds per head of population than the UK

 

Dogs killed by Councils

Dogs pts UK Councils   7121 = 8,737 people per dog killed

Dogs pts NSW Councils 13,707 (Taskforce Paper) = 528 people per dog killed

Ie 16.5  times more dogs per head of population, are killed by NSW Councils, than by UK Councils

Council kill rates (dogs killed as a percent of dogs entering Pounds)

UK Council kill rate = 7121 / 126, 176 =  6%

NSW Council kill rate = 13,707 / 48,523 = 28%

Ie the kill rate in Council pounds as a percent of dogs coming in is 4.6 times higher in NSW than in the UK

Conclusion:

We have a serious problem in NSW,  when compared to the UK. We urge the NSW government to take immediate action on recommendations made by the NSW Companion Animal Taskforce when they are published.

Note: some people might argue that a comparison between a single Australian State and the total UK is an unfair comparison. Certainly, there are Regions of the UK where statistics are worse than the national average. However, we feel that  this analysis represents a picture demonstrating that NSW must take seriously efforts to reduce dogs entering pounds and significantly increasing dogs leaving pounds safely. Whilst similar figures are less readily available for cats in the uk, let’s not forget our feline friends in NSW.

Note: Deathrowpets have taken statistics from other organisation publications quoted and cannot warrant accuracy of those figures

Information required on Dogs NSW…….

Dogs NSW have contacted their members to object to an Option proposed in the NSW animal welfare Taskforce 2012, an Option they themselves recommended, being an integral member of that Taskforce.

Click here to understand what’s going on….

To be specific, they support Breeder Licencing for non Dogs NSW members, and want an EXEMPTION for themselves ( cynical us believe this would drive more membership applications, but that’s another matter).

They want “self-regulation”.: From their paper to members:

“Dogs NSW Breeders already have in place a well regulated system which provides for; 

 • Education and Training prior to the granting of a Breeder’s Prefix 
• Proof of Residential Address verifying actual location of approved breeding premises 
• Compulsory Microchipping prior to registration 
• Availability of the Limited Register to restrict breeding of surplus animals 
• A Code of Ethics which sets the highest standards in breeding practises and commits all Registered Breeders 
to compliance with all relevant legislation 
• A regulated investigation and inquiry program to deal with breaches of our Code 
• A traceable Membership Number which can be used in puppy advertisements 
The  Taskforce  proposal  has  the  potential  to  add  a  further  tier  of  registration  on  Dogs  NSW  Breeders 
which would  undoubtedly bring with it unnecessary and unjustifiable further regulation and costs. Dogs 
NSW Members need to be one voice in opposing it. “

DRP Comment:

We think this is as good a time as any to reveal cracks in their “well regulated system” and breaches of their Code, and breaches of their “regulated investigation program” on breaches of their code,  which we are told that they often ignore.

Action you can take: 

If you have information, direct experience, or evidence, please post your story in the comments section below. We will never reveal your name or email details – all is confidential. Please, only FACTS and information, no exaggerations! We don’t want a legal letter from Dogs NSW ……..

And if they ARE squeaky clean, then that’s OK too!