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 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.