Disgusting and monstrous in my opinion is what Hitler’s euthanasia program during World War II was (link at bottom of this post).
And what prompted this blog post today is this bittersweet blog post at this link:
Unfortunately, some horse rescues (and it also happens with dogs, cats, and other species-specific animal rescues too), utilize “putting down” in various ways horses just because they can’t or won’t “do” anything ‘useful’ for anyone anymore and most people, and also many donation-funded ‘rescues’ that are only able to operate because of the kindness of their donors, do not want to maintain an un-useable horse or other animal.
Then the convincing and rationalizing begins to “explain” to the ignorant, naïve, and yes, the apathetic, *why* it “HAD” to be done.
And although many of the “rescues” followers seem to go along with it so as not to be ostracized from the “social club rescue” they support and/or donate to, there are also those ghoulish people who actually compliment the rescue for doing “the compassionate thing” even though 1. its not always compassionate at all and is in fact SELFISH and 2. they have NOT been shown any vet reports that the killing is necessary as per the attending vet.
Some people also completely disagree with killing animals just because they can’t or won’t do things for people that are “useful” by the practical meaning of the word.
However, these people do not voice their opinions for fear of being ostracized from “the rescue club” (some people never got past 7th grade social standards and can’t deal with “standing alone”), attacked by people, or there being retribution, bullying, smear campaigns, etc for protesting that just because an animal is old, may not look so great, has some aches and pain it lives with, has behavioral/training issues that make them unsafe to ride, etc, just like with most people that have “issues” often not being “useful”, the animal probably does not want to die or be killed by the humans that “rescued” them, or were perhaps entrusted to take care of them, and killing the animal is a complete betrayal.
There also appears to be competition for donation money and also a competition for a following of rescuers, which is very sad indeed, that keeps many animal rescues from actually working with one another to secure good homes, sanctuaries, or hospice care for more animals, rather than fewer.
However, people who are truly in rescue for the animals do not worry about donation money, a following, how many “Likes” they have on Facebook, etc, and instead will problem-solve and work in unity with other rescues to find permanent homes for more animals that are un-useable rather than simply killing off animals they don’t “deal” in.
Unfortunately, there is great donation-value for “crisis rescued” animals, and the gaining of a much larger “following” of supporters, when rescues do what is called “crisis rescuing”.
This is the very PUBLIC ‘rescuing’ of animals (as opposed to “no fanfare” mundane, behind-the-scenes” rescuing of animals that most people are not inclined to donate much money too) that are not in good shape, not at the greatest of facilities, (discussing “standards of care” will be another blog post), “out-bidding kill buyers” at sales that feature horses, even in states where the commercial horse slaughter industry is BANNED but the horse rescues REFUSE to HELP the proper agencies vested with the enforcement of the law pertaining to horse slaughter with ENFORCEMENT of the existing law, and engaging in Animal Enterprise Terrorism attacks aka “seizure scams” or “rescue raids” whereby ALL of the horses, and other animals, are seized from a property in “partnership” with an animal control, which often they get FREE horses with great “adoption for a fee” value, and the horses not in good condition are excellent for pulling in many thousands of dollars in “sympathy/pity”-donations.
Unfortunately, once this second type of horse, or other types of animals, have exhausted their sympathy/pity donation-value, and if they aren’t useful for anything, THESE horses (and other animals) are often the ones killed because the “rescue” does NOT want to spend the free donation money they received doing the “crisis rescue” on maintaining and caring for a horse with no-value that can’t be used for anything.
What these types of rescues should perhaps understand/acknowledge, and many actually do KNOW exactly what they’re doing (fleecing the public out of free donation money with little or no accountability or disclosure to the public because it is almost entirely voluntary) is what role they play in rescue, their niche basically, and not take in horses or other animals that are perhaps not trained and/or are beyond the ability of the rescue staff to train, that are wild/dangerous to handle, so routine things like deworming, teeth floating, hoof trims, etc are a MAJOR production with these types of horses that MOST people cannot and/or will not deal with, and they definitely should not take in horses they can’t rehabilitate back to health if their rehabilitation rate being high is ultra important to them, and they kill the animals that can’t be rehabilitated so that they can continue to say dumb things like “we have a 100% rehabilitation rate and counting in that percentage the animals they KILLED.
Should horses die by slaughter, humane euthanasia, or be “put down” using other methods just because they are wild/dangerous if there are rescues/sanctuaries/hospices willing to take them?
Should horses and other animals be killed just because upon “sorting” and ‘evaluation’ they are found to have physical and/or behavioral/training issues that render them unadoptable with or without a fee, or they are simply not “useful” to anyone in the short amount of time a ‘rescue’ may allow them for a new home to present itself? Are two days enough, a week, a month, what is the time frame to decide to kill an animal?
Maybe its when animal rescues do the newest trend in rescuing which is “out with the old, in with the new rescuing” or “freshening-up the merchandise” (the animals as “merchandise”) and killing animals that haven’t been adopted, or just like what kill buyers at feedlots do, animals are simply killed (kill buyers ship the horses off to slaughter even though they may still need more weight on them) to make room for “new” animals.
This is a ploy rescues use in order to keep the “addicted to crisis rescuing” public engaged and not moving on to another rescue that is more “exciting” and going a million miles an hour of full throttle drama
Horses or other animals that are lame, that have chronic conditions, are old, etc that make them difficult, if not impossible, to adopt to anyone, whether with an adoption fee, or without, but that don’t want to be dead before-their-time by humane euthanasia or other killing methods because of age, condition, wild, untrained, dangerous to handle, have some aches and pains and are lame but can be maintained comfortably on meds, etc, deserve to live.
And the humans that “rescued” them using donation-money to do so (in other words, the rescue is acting on behalf of their donors to rescue the animals because they do NOT have their own money to rescue the animals themselves) are entrusted with preserving life when possible, and easing the animal into death when it is their time to pass.
Just as people with these conditions of disability, chronic conditions, old age, that have terminal illnesses, etc don’t necessarily want to be dead either, especially when the decision is made by other people and they have no choice in the matter, many animals feel the same way to be sure. And while it may be difficult for some/many people to visually look at some animals that may not look so good but are still enjoying whatever phase of life they’re in even if they are “winding down, most of us see people every day that while some may find it difficult to look at them too, that person does not want to die by euthanasia or otherwise, and are still enjoying their life in whatever phase of life they are in, and in whatever condition mentally and/or physically.
What is disappointing however is when the rescues that kill animals after they have found the animal will not be useful to them or anyone else, is un-adoptable, has pulled in as many donations as possible and their donation-value is exhausted, etc, go on the attack toward rescues/sanctuaries/hospices whose primary role is taking in animals that are un-useable by humans for anything, but who will maintain them until it is time for humane euthanasia.
Don’t these horses, dogs, cats, and other animals deserve to live even if they are older, are lame, are wild and/or dangerous to handle, sometimes don’t look so great, etc, and even if a facility is nothing fancy and they don’t live in the lap of luxury but have other animals they live with for companionship 24/7/365?
Once again, many people think they do, and those who have been around animals a long time not only value their lives, they also know when an animal is “saying” and “telling” them they want to “go” (pass on), and will have them put down in a dignified, humane way.
And finally, and in order to refute the worn-out shady explanation of “why” rescues that kill un-useable animals are being un-selfish (NOT!), most rescues that take in these types of animals that are not useful to anyone do not have a lot of difficulty in having the animal humanely euthanized WHEN the animal tells them “I’m done, can you help me?” Yes, there is emotional attachment, however, if the animal is “saying” with their expression, posture and demeanor that they are not enjoying life anymore and/or if they are not eating, they are in moderate/severe pain that cannot be controlled anymore, they can no longer lie down and/or get up with, or without, help, etc, then the decision to euthanize is an easier one because the person that cares for them understands what the animal is asking them to do.
People who basically deal in hospice care for animals, while not desensitized to euthanizing animals are instead at peace with putting an animal down when it’s their time because they know they gave the animal a peaceful life they otherwise would not have had if they hadn’t taken the animal into their care when no one else would.
And many rescues who mostly take in un-useable animals are not interested in the more “social” aspects of animal rescue, they do not deal in adopting animals out, their facility is private because of the nature of the animals they take in, etc.
In other words, not all rescues want to do adoptions and interact with the public in the public-rescue domain, and are happy to take in animals no one else wants and care for them until the animal indicates they wish to “go on”.
We see less and less of these types of rescues because unless they “self-fund” and take care of the animals needs on their own by working at jobs “outside of rescue”, more and more people who donate are being convinced that these types of animals are “not worthy” of living because they can’t or won’t “do” for people, they are “devalued”, people become desensitized and habituated to the killing, they are apathetic, and sadly, they pass these attitudes onto their children which takes the de-valuation attitude into the next generation.
It starts with animals, but is it any wonder that old people, people with “issues”, etc, are put in privatized “homes”/facilities, or often, in government run “county homes” because the high rates for a privatized care facility are very expensive.
Although most of us have not been involved with euthanizing hundreds/thousands of animals because we were not/are not animal control officers, vet techs, work on a farm or ranch where animals are raised as a food source, working for veterinarians, etc, who often routinely do those things and develop means to “disassociate themselves” (I have heard that term used by more than a few vet techs, animal control officers, vets, and farm workers) from what they are doing and/or become what is called “habituated” to it, it does not mean that the keepers of these damaged animals don’t know when an animal is truly “ready to go” and they have their vet humanely euthanize the animal and set them free. And sometimes just keeping the animal comfortable and they pass naturally as many people do in hospice at home or in a hospice setting, is a peaceful way to die too if the animal nearly to the moment of death never does “ask” to be set free with human intervention.
Many of us have our roles we play in animal rescue, but when “the gold standard” or “norm” of animal rescue is to typically, and OFTEN cavalierly and without remorse or conscience, euthanize animals just because they serve no purpose to the rescue that rescued them, or to any humans for that matter, THAT is a problem for society and how value is, or isn’t placed on lives.
Making it worse is when the rescues that DON’T maintain unadoptable horses and other animals go on the attack for their own reasons and with their own agendas, on the rescues that are primarily sanctuaries for unwanted animals and hospice for terminal animals and that DO take in unwanted animals, and that attack causes unadoptable animal rescuers to not rescue any animals anymore, it IS the unwanted animals that lose their lives before their time, whether they were ready to die or not.
Attacking other rescues, especially when they don’t do the same type of rescuing the attacking rescue does and are not in “competition” for donation-dollars with other rescues, is uncivilized, it is de-civilizing, it is selfish and greedy because its about donation money and a following of supporters, and it sullies the memory of an animal who experienced an untimely death at the hands of humans who possess no compassion, empathy, conscience, or soul regarding the sanctity of life even when “its only an animal”.
Here is the link to more information on Hitler’s Euthanasia Program for people in Germany: http://www.life.org.nz/euthanasia/abouteuthanasia/history-euthanasia6v
And least we not forget, we already have laws on the books to regulate and require certain things in the care of our animals; the providing of food, water, and basic necessities, so to allow ANYONE to come in and seize someone’s personal property animals when they are being provided with at least basic care is unconstitutional and against the law because of the broad spectrum of what is considered basic care and maintenance, and also taking into consideration the animals, just like with people, ability to adapt and acclimate to the environment in which they live.
There is a glaring lack of accountability on the part of animal controls, ‘rescues’, humane societies, spca’s, and others when they perform a seizure or raid. With that in mind, accountability rules and regulations have become necessary to protect private property animal owners from illegal and unjust seizure and theft of personal property animals, assets, and all other property with value. When a seizure or raid basically turns into a looting free-for-all, that is when the crooks are running the show, and innocent people get trampled, wrecked, and ruined legally, emotionally, and often physically too.
More people are fighting back regarding illegal seizures by spca’s, humane societies, and ‘rescues’……. and most seizures really aren’t so much about helping animals, because if that were the case, true rescues would offer help for all of the animals right where they are at.
Some, perhaps many, of the seizures are really big business now, and are basically about spca’s, humane societies, and rescues getting in thousands of dollars in “crisis” and/or “sympathy/pity” donations, they make sure the media is involved to ramp-up mobs of inflamed people who don’t even know what is going on and/or the circumstances, etc, they “put down” without posting any vet reports/necropsy results of why the animal was really put down, and some rescues simply “disappear” animals to who-knows-where that are not candidates for “adoptions for a fee”, or even without a fee for that matter, because they have physical and/or behavioral/training “issues” that render them unadoptable and the rescues are not normally in the business of caring for, and maintaining animals long term or in hospice care.
If this were not the case, then WHY do we see so many dogs, cats, horses, llama’s, etc advertised on Craigslist for FREE?
If rescues were really rescuing out of the goodness of their hearts and to help animals, we wouldn’t be seeing any free animals that are in jeopardy of going to animal control to be euthanized, dogs taken for free being used as bait dogs for training pit bull fighting dogs, people going around “bundling” free animals to sell to labs, and horses being picked up by kill buyers and/or horse traders that send them to slaughter.
And if rescues are “for real”, they should always be willing to offer help to the animal owner and animals right where they live instead of seizing someone’s animals as a 1st course of action. Rescues can ask for donations from the public to help animals right where they are at. However, that would then require a high degree of accountability and “transparency” on the part of the rescues, and that is not now required when they do seizures, but hopefully will be changing going forward so that rescues that are often fronts for brokers/dealers of animals will have to provide a lot of information to show they really are rescuing, and not simply “cherry picking” and/or stealing animals for free to partake of free donation money and “adoptions for a fee” on animals they got for free and did a seizure and then maintained the free animals with free donation money.
All parties in a seizure need to be held accountable for providing their itemized financials on donations from all sources for that seizure, where all the donations are going, pertinent documents, receipts, vet reports, etc, and all non-profits, or anyone getting in free donation money from animal lovers, need to account for every penny they get in, and where every penny is going.
And GuideStar is not the greatest source of transparency, accountability, and full disclosure for the simple reason it is not an itemized list, and quite frankly, if a rescue is on the “up and up” when they are doing seizures, they should be perfectly willing to show ALL of their financials, receipts, vet reports, EVERYTHING to show they truly are the “real deal” and are rescuing for the right reasons.
We are working toward having counties, cities, and states having a “hospice care” designation for animals that will protect the animal owners from master manipulators and their following of “social media madness mobs” of crazy people from forcing pet owners and rescues to kill their animals before the animal wants to be dead.
All it will take to turn this abnormal killing of supposedly rescued animals around is for the donating and supportive public to ask questions of the animal rescues regarding their euthanasia policy BEFORE they donate.
Only then will the public be in the position to trustingly donate to rescues that often and unfortunately choose death over life for “rescued” animals, when a first consideration should ALWAYS be to listen to the animal because they never lie when it comes to their passing-on, or continuing to live their lives in each wonderful moment.