“The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them…
but to be indifferent to them; that is the essence of humanity”
George Bernard Shaw

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Federal, State and Local Governments, Members of the Media and Animal-Related Organizations:

Millions of abandoned animals in America’s shelters are crying out for justice and compassion. Our great nation is home to a cruel mass murder supported by taxpayers and condoned by officials at all levels of government. The media and animal-protection groups have repeatedly informed us about these horrors and the fact that they occur is undeniable. (Reference links available at the above website.)

We have shelters and pounds in America where animals are placed in metal or wood boxes or used oil drums, and hot, lung-searing (or sometimes pre-cooled) carbon monoxide fumes are pumped in; or they are suffocated with carbon dioxide; or they are placed in decompression chambers; or given painful lethal injections jabbed directly into the heart; or placed in freezers while still alive; or they are drowned, or shot, or electrocuted. Some are dragged clawing and screaming to their deaths. Some are kicked and choked on the way to the killing. When multiple animals are gassed together, they injure themselves and each other in their terror. These horrors have often been documented, and some local groups and governments have been successful in eradicating these cruel practices. However, these practices are so epidemic that it could take decades to purge them with local or state-by-state efforts.

The “Killing With Kindness” campaign demands one U.S. federal law: That all animal species housed in any shelter/pound/animal control facility shall be euthanized, only when necessary, by a veterinarian or trained, certified euthanasia technician, and that the animal shall first be sedated/tranquilized (when advisable) before being administered a lethal intravenous injection of sodium pentobarbital.

We know that “euthanasia” is the appropriate term when we must put down an animal due to old age or illness. We have further allowed “euthanasia” to become a euphemism for annually killing millions of young, healthy, adoptable animals, many of them purebred. By the time the animals are delivered to a shelter, they are already victims of human irresponsibility and lack of compassion. For those of us involved in America’s shelters and animal rescue efforts, humane education and advocacy campaigns, spay/neuter programs, and other efforts, we have exhausted and bankrupted ourselves, financially and emotionally, in trying to reduce the killing.