Saturday, August 13, 2011

Things That Make Me Go Grrrrr.....Can We Please Help Animals In THIS Country Before We Stretch Our Charity To Other Countries' Refugee Pets?

Quite often, you'll find a heartwarming story about dogs that have been rescued from another part of the globe and brought to Canada to live the good life. Just today I came across this story of two dogs that have come from Iran. One of the things I am proud to identify with being a Canadian is our collective sense of charity, but we are misguided in not tackling our own pet population problem first.

I'm sure I'll get many detractors. That's fine, as I get a kick out of people who hate logic. We have hundreds of thousands of pets in our very own country who need help RIGHT NOW (in Toronto alone, the feral cat population is estimated to be between 100 000 and 300 000), yet we want to add to this number by bringing in more? It's simple math. For every pet we bring into this country, we are conversely ruining the life of one from our own home.

You may argue that what makes our country so great is that we afford other individuals the opportunity to come here and lead a life that in most instances is a far cry better than the one they are accustomed to in their country of origin. The argument is not applicable to pets, as every time an immigrant comes to this country hoping for a better tomorrow, they are not contributing to a population growth that is exceeding any reasonable effort to effectively sustain our lifestyle. Last I checked, we weren't euthanizing people in this country. Would you object to immigrants coming into this country if the end result was a staggering number of people starving and living on the street, to the point that the only method of curbing the problem was to kill thousands a day? You bet your ass you would. I'll go ahead & wager your ass.

Every day rescues from across the country travel south of the border to rescue pets in need. God knows how many hundreds are coming in. Noble intentions aside, how can these groups not see the direct impact their actions have here? Hurray, you just saved the lives of an entire litter of puppies from Buffalo and brought them to animal heaven in Ontario! Now do me a favour & go spread that great news to the litter in Ontario who have a day to live because there are no prospective homes for them. There might have been, but the Buffalo pups took their spaces. Don't think for a second that all of the pets brought into this country go on to live happily ever after either. Some don't go on to live at all, since they are just as susceptible to the consequences of our pet overpopulation upon their entry.

I am not for a second suggesting that any pets outside our borders are less deserving of compassion on our part. We can have compassion. We can go ahead and write cheques, but we simply have to stop bringing these pets here. I'm not speaking with nationalism, rather with common sense. Bringing in "refugee" pets contributes to the unending cycle of pet overpopulation in this country. The more we bring in, the more we kill.

Once we finally achieve some semblance of a controlled pet population in our own country, by all means we can and should welcome pets from other nations with open arms. Let's just try to fix our own epidemic first, because if we don't we're making it worse not only for Canadian pets, but for those who might have a chance to experience a full and happy life here.

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