While our historic milestone provides plenty of reasons to take pause and commemorate our past, the urgency of our cause demands that we continue to look ahead. To that end, the ASPCA is at the forefront of three relatively new areas of animal welfare concentration where the potential for saving lives is nearly limitless.
If a pound is going to kill community dogs, if rescuers are not going to find them homes, if robust transfer programs are not in place to get those dogs to a community where they could find homes, they, like the dogs in the Dominican Republic and cats in the U.S., should realize all the other benefits that would come of sterilization.
I won't and I don't criticize the work done by these national organizations. You should take the time to form your own opinions about the programs and services of any charitable organization you are thinking about supporting. What I do take exception to is those organizations making statements about their work designed to lead to questionable conclusions.
In January 2014 the Dallas Safari Club auctioned off a permit to kill an endangered black rhino in Namibia under the guise of conservation. The Club is a not-for-profit institution, which means your tax dollars are supporting an organization that targets and kills endangered species. Corey Knowlton won the auction for $350,000, and on May 18 he went to Namibia to kill a black rhino.
Visitors to Devon in Southwest England are captivated by the beauty of the Dartmoor pony, a breed that has survived on the moors since the Middle Ages. The ponies have gone from carrying tin from the mines to becoming a major tourist attraction. However, these beautiful, hardy ponies are now in danger of extinction.