Up for discussion:
Imagine, that you are locked in a room against your will. You have done nothing wrong, you are a desirable member of society. You are provided with food and water and you might even get to go outside briefly while under strict supervision. After seven days, a gas begins pouring into the room and within minutes all of you are dead.
Does this seem senseless to you?
3-4 million pets suffer this fate each year...many chewed something they weren't supposed to, many are litters of unexpected puppies/kittens, many are unaltered animals who are hormonally urged to stray, many are victims of their owners moving and "not being able to take them", etc, etc...
Puppy mills are overcrowded, the dogs receive no socialization, they reside in tiny cages on top of a mound of their own feces, they are many times missing most of their hair due to mites, they are many times toothless or have oozing injuries, the females are bred every heat cycle until they cease to produce large litters...at which time, they are many times simply starved to death. Why put gas in a car that won't run anyway? I could go on and on....and yet, people still buy the product...what!
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Mahatma Gandhi
So how are we doing so far? Don't the nasty puppy mills and our methods of "controlling" the pet overpopulation problem of this country represent our feelings (as a country) toward animals?
Who are we? Every nine seconds another fuzzy face is euthanized in some fashion (FYI some counties/cities do not have requirements for how this is accomplished)...and for every litter born, another litter must die.
Many people believe they are helpless to end this unnecessary slaughter, but as with any other national dilemma, all one needs to do is dutifully play their seemingly insignificant role in the solution in order to correct the problem. If everyone did, there would not be a problem. In lieu of turning a deaf ear, isn't there something each of us can do?
Your thoughts, please.
Side note: Please don't take this into the political realm...try to stay on the morally responsible track.