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Thread: Shelter kill rates - SBS Insight Tues 8:30pm Sept 25th

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    Default Shelter kill rates - SBS Insight Tues 8:30pm Sept 25th

    Heads up on tv program Tues night on shelter kill rates and what can be done about it (and can we get rid of puppy farmers?)

    The Tail End: Overview : SBS Insight
    On SBS Tuesdays 8:30pm
    Repeated Wednesday 1:00pm SBS ONE, Wednesday 7:30pm SBS TWO

    The RSPCA alone euthanised more than 56,000 cats and dogs last financial year. And that figure doesn’t include all the animals put down at council pounds around Australia every day.

    Steve Coleman -CEO of the RSPCA NSW
    Steve Coleman is the CEO of the RSPCA NSW. Steve says ‘No Kill’ organisations are unrealistic. He says that, unlike some ‘No Kill’ shelters, the RSPCA takes every animal that comes its way and as a consequence, some animals will need to be euthanised.
    In 2011, more dogs were euthanised by the RSPCA than rehomed.
    (19,583 euthanised, 18,398 rehomed). The statistics were worse for cats (37,177 euthanised, 19,004 rehomed).

    Matt Hams
    puppy farmer
    Matt Hams is a third generation professional dog breeder. His company, Banksia Park Puppies mainly sells wholesale to pet shops in Melbourne. Matt argues that he is catering to a market, rather than creating one. He says pounds don’t have dogs that are appropriate for most urban families. He says breeders are often tarred with the same brush, but they are vastly different.

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    Thanks for the heads up Hyacinth, i look forward to watching it(goes to program mmj's DVR to record it), if anyone misses it, it should also be available to watch online and if i remember i'll post a link when its available.
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    I'll have to watch online, we don't get SBS at my house Aren't those numbers just sad, especially for the cats.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    The percentages were even scarier...

    27% of dogs
    65% of cats

    Tho I'm not sure how many of them were rated "rehomable"

    And there was some really nasty (with a warning) footage of animals being "PTS" in a less that humane way (struggling and screaming). And some nasty footage (but not as bad as the first) of a puppy farm squallor.

    And some really interesting stuff from a puppy farm - but no hard questions answered on how well those puppies get socialised or what happens to them after they leave the breeder (300 breeding bitches - 40 puppies a week - sheesh).

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    Isn't that sad. How transient things are these days. A dog appears to be the new black, when it comes to disposable.

    I do understand that euthanasia is a must for some dogs. But for those dogs, doing it humanely surely is a given or should be.

    I admit, i did not watch this program. I would of found those scenes you describe very distrubing indeed.

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    For those that didn't or couldn't see it, here's the link to watch in online SBS On Demand - Insight: The Tail End

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    yeah its a shame so many nice dogs & cats get put to sleep.

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    I don't think I can watch now after what you described Hyacinth. I'd be a blubbering mess

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    I flicked in & out of watching it lastnight. I flicked the channel over permanantly after the PTS scenes. God that was disturbing especially when he was yelling at the poor dog because it wouldnt sit still, and when euthanizing them infront of eachother, that was disgusting. For me i thought it was nothing but a big power struggle between the bigger rescues & the smaller and thats also sad considering theyre all there for the same thing but pulling the blame out at eahother. And the figures of how much money they are funded in a yr is overwhelming!

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    Oh I'm in tears just reading these comments, I watched it briefly, just had to keep flicking it over onto another channel.

    I've attached the link to an article in Western Australian news on the weekend about the new RSPCA Senior Inspector, who felt like she'd gone back in time when she arrived in Australia and saw puppies still being sold in shopping centres, fingers crossed she can help bring this cruelty to an end.

    'Pet shop puppies should be outlawed' says new RSPCA inspector | Perth Now

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