We all know that the US’s and the World’s economy are in terrible shape and cut backs need to be made everywhere possible, but to cut costs at the expense of voiceless animals' lives is going entirely too far.
The time mandated in the State of California from the day an animal is admitted to a shelter to the day of its death by euthanasia is currently six days. However, in his latest budget proposal, Gov. Schwarznegger wants to cut that reprieve back to three days. This barely allows time for owners to discover their cat is missing! Not to mention, the time it takes the owner to track him down at a local shelter and then arrange for his release. Plus, add in all the day-to-day dealings that make such a situation even more complicated (work hours, shelter hours, transportation arrangements), and numerous cats with owners would die needlessly!!
And this is not the first time Schwarzenegger has made life harder for animals. In 2004, he proposed a similar law to decrease the holding time for animals at shelters, but was cut down by his constituents and backed off. And again, in 2008, when he proposed taxing veterinary care, classifying it as a "luxury," but was again defeated by a public outcry.
Kiska Icard, a spokeswoman for the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, told SFGate that suspending the state requirement on animal shelters to hold strays at least six days to save the state $24.6 million would result in euthanizing more animals. "Obviously monies need to come from somewhere, but to do it on the backs of these animals is just really sad," she said.
How You Can Help:
STOP the proposal:
• Contact Governor Schwarznegger
o Email: http://gov.ca.gov/interact#email
o Phone: 916-445-2841
o Fax: 916-558-3160
• Locate and Contact Your State Legislators
PROTECT your pets if the proposal does go into affect:
• Keep Your Cats Indoors
10 Reasons Why: http://cats.about.com/od/indoorsvsoutdoors/tp/keepindoors.htm
• Identify Your Cat With a Microchip or Tattoo
Info on Identification: http://cats.about.com/cs/petidentification/a/identify_cat.htm