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Animal Shelter Uses Guns To Kill Dogs

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An animal shelter in Oklahoma is in trouble for euthanizing dogs with .22-caliber pistols, something that’s been in practice in the state for 40 years.

Animal activists in Bristow are understandably pissed off, having just discovered this cruel practice. George Moore, the city’s animal control officer, has been carrying out the exterminations behind the shelter without the public’s knowledge. Oklahoma law allows humane methods to put animals down, but doesn’t define “humane.” 

I’d argue that not since the days of Lassie has anyone agreed that bringing an animal out behind anything and shooting it is humane. It’s awful. They refer to this slaughter as “euthanasia” but that, by definition, is ending a life to relieve pain or suffering. It’s certainly not causing pain or suffering to free up more space or to save the city money. 

This is the hard question that activists should be asking; why are they killing dogs at all? As I referenced in a recent piece in favour of animal adoption over breeding, over 5,500 dogs are put-down in the US each day. Whether that practice is done in a way that is kinder to dogs or not, that’s still an incredible amount of needless deaths by any rational.

Rather than just strictly advocating for fairer treatment of dogs on death row, activists should focus on education so we can end breeding, puppy mills, pet store sales, and the bizarre cultural bias to purchasing “new” dogs instead of tending to the millions already in need of care. If less dogs are banished to shelters, less dogs will have to be killed.

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