Sunday, February 26, 2012

More about FARA

 
FARA, the Florida Animal Rescue Act is intended to save lives, move animals out of shelters, and possibly even shelter costs. I recommend reading the bill and forming your own opinion. Local shelters on average euthanize 50% of their intake due to space or time limitations. 
From what I've read (articles, the bill itself, animal advocates opinions) it seems like a common sense--no brainer but PETA is vehemently against it. I have a really hard time trusting PETA after finding out that they euthanize (kill) 97% of the animals they take in, yeah even the savable/adoptable ones.  Many of the pets they take in are given to them by rescues and vets under the assumption that they will be adopted. Unfortunately the pets in PETA's shelter are not up for adoption to the public. Also there was a big issue several years ago with PETA employees after picking up some pets. In 2010 their "shelter" was investigated by the state of Virginia. http://www.petakillsanimals.com/downloads/peta_inspection.pdf. Some groups that are against PETA have their own motives but its the numbers that can't lie. 
After finding out about PETA's 3% adoption rate I found out other things about well known animal advocacy groups. The ASPCA, you know the commercials you see on TV (and even possibly donate to?) all that money doesn't go to your local SPCA, it goes directly to ASPCA NY--which is what the ASPCA is, they don't really fund local shelters, except for the ASPCA 100K challenge and a few other grants. Now they aren't lying to us about their funds or affiliations but they allow people to continue to think these things. The HSUS (Humane Society of the United States--which isn't a shelter) brings in $250 million annually and less than 1% of that money goes to animal shelters (http://humanewatch.org/index.php/site/post/less_than_one-half_of_one_percent/).  We are being severely misled. 
Want to help your local shelter or rescue? Donate DIRECTLY to the group you want the money to go to. 
FL: http://www.floridarescueact.com/
GA: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Georgians-for-the-Georgia-Animal-Rescue-Act/341430959209314
WV: http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/bills_text.cfm?billdoc=hb4246%20intr.htm&yr=2012&sesstype=RS&i=4246
General Animal Law Info: http://www.animallawcoalition.com/
ASPCA links http://www.forbes.com/sites/trevorbutterworth/2011/12/13/15-key-insights-from-2011-from-15-key-thinkers-and-writers/3/
and this http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?p=7390
PETA Statistics:  
2011
2010 (this one is directly from Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. You can search for the other years if you like, 2011 is not yet up but those with access to the database can pull the numbers. And if you really wanna freak yourself out google PETA and Wiggly Piggly.)
It's hard to believe but those numbers don't lie. If you support them you may want to rethink it. I just want to share the info so that everyone can form their own opinions. If your state is looking into animal protection acts please do your research and don't depend on a certain group or person (even me!) to tell you what is true, find out for yourself. 
So now you know.  AND knowing is half the battle...GI Joe...
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