"I understand that it is hard to grasp the sad fact that euthanasia is necessary in today’s world (Cover, “Environmental Heroes and Zeros,” Nov. 1-8). However, regardless of how disgusted you may be by this fact, publishing an article based on anything but the facts is a disgrace to your paper. At which point did you contact the Humane Society of Indianapolis to discuss these allegations? At which point did you contact a veterinarian to discuss the Humane Society’s method of dealing with the outbreak of Feline Distemper? At which point did you look for any facts before publishing a bash on an organization that requires public donations to survive?
It is your job, as a paper, to research. To find facts to back up your ideas, not to blindly produce hate mail. The ignorant article that you published can have three possible effects on the readers. One being the way I’ve responded. Being educated in animal welfare and aware on how shelters are run, not to mention being knowledgeable on the events you pulled from the Humane Society’s history and exaggerated to fit your own dramatic fairy tale, know that the article is nothing more than another bash to create drama in the community. Two, the readers may ignore the article not caring in the least about the “mass euthanasias” you so dramatically report on. Or three, they will take the article to heart, the way you intended it to be taken. Withdrawing any support they may have had for the Humane Society, and labeling the organization as you so eloquently put it, “a death sentence rather than a rescue.” This is the reason I’m putting my feelings into words, and onto paper. If NUVO readers take this ignorant article to heart and discontinue supporting the Humane Society only one thing can happen. More euthanasia.
Money, sadly, is what makes the world go round. If a shelter doesn’t have the funds to feed and care for its animals, they get euthanized. This problem is caused by pet overpopulation. It is not just a problem at the Humane Society of Indianapolis. It is not just a problem in Indiana. In fact, every 6.5 seconds a shelter animal in the United States is euthanized. Until owners start spaying and neutering to prevent more animals from being born, these numbers will not go down. And the euthanasias will continue. If euthanasia is what troubles NUVO, then a more productive way to go about it would be to educate readers on pet overpopulation, rather than singling out a specific shelter and blindly rambling about its past tragic events.
For more lively debate over our Hero and Zero choices, including our response to the critics, check out the comments generated by the on-line version of this story at www.nuvo.net/articles/environmental_heroes_and_zeros/