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Twelve Days of Xmas - Day 7 - Death Row Dogs
OPERATION: 12 DAYS OF XMAS '09
DAY 7: DEATH ROW DOGS
"In Memory of Lucy, Oreo and Max"
The 7th Day of the 12 Days of Xmas, we dedicate to the memory of three that we never really knew; but, whom we loved nonetheless. Lucy touched the hearts of many and lives on in the memory of the family she lived with and those of us who cared about her. Lucy was killed by callous, insensitive bureaucrats in collusion with a weak and ineffective humane society in Sunnyvale, California. On December 20, 2007, Lucy was killed by lethal injection. Those who loved her, her immediate family, were not allowed to be with her when she was killed.
On November 13, 2009, the ASPCA (that's American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, in case anyone has forgotten), killed a healthy pit bull named Oreo. Oreo had suffered the abuse of being beaten and thrown off a roof, was healed and dubbed "the miracle dog" . She was then stuck in a cage, until she stopped being a money maker for the ASPCA.
You would have thought that the ASPCA had learned a lesson. Instead on December 15th, they killed another dog named Max, even though a sanctuary offered to take Max.
On December 20, 2007, we swore we would never forget Lucy. On November 13, 2009 and again on December 15th, we made that same pledge to Oreo and Max. They will not be forgotten.
The problem is that we have become a society of disposable "pets" or as they should really be referred to "companion animals". Groups that "shelter" and "euthanize" homeless animals are enablers. They allow society to have a convenient way to make the problem go away. Tragically, millions of animals are needlessly killed because of apathy and for our convenience.
Our action for Lucy will last from today until Christmas. Please send a message to David Kahn, the person primarily responsible for having Lucy killed. Remind him that during the holiday season, he should remember what he did to Lucy and her family 2 years ago. If you would rather send a graphic message, go to the following link, where you will find a graphic image that you can fax to David Kahn:
Access to a free internet fax service can be found here:
If you would rather phone David Kahn, he has a new number: 1-408-730-7464
Stop the Killing
In a previous alert, we mentioned the work of No Kill Solutions (http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org/) and the author of: Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America by Nathan Winograd (http://www.nathanwinograd.com/). As a follow up to Redemption, Nathan Winograd has just published: Irreconcilable Difference: The Battle for the Heart and Soul of America's Animal Shelters.
Here is a link where you can purchase both books (the books can also be purchased at places like Amazon.com):
We highly recommend that you read both books to understand the paradigm change that is needed to implement "No Kill".
If you support organizations that are not supportive of "No Kill" and that instead justify the killing of homeless animals (ASPCA, Peta, HSUS) please let them know what you think. Your donations speak VOLUMES to these organizations. If you stop or reduce your giving to the ones that are advocating killing healthy homeless animals, make sure to let them know why you have stopped giving. By the same token, let the organizations you support know what they are doing that you like.
By the same token, please support those organizations that promote "No Kill". Grassroots groups that pull animals from kill shelters are overworked, under appreciated and severely under funded. Please don't make "convenient" donations. Give consideration to who you are contributing to. Do some research and find out what the group is doing and make sure that your donation is not going to fill needles with Fatal Plus to snuff out the lives of innocent animals who want only to live.