|Purred: Wed May 9, '07 8:31pm PST |
|Research facilities have VERY strict guidelines they have to follow regarding what happens to their animals once they are done with them. Unfortunately, due to the public's negative image of research facilities, most won't adopt their animals out and the animals end up eithanized. I've got several stories about that, but I'll refrain from derailing this thread.
I know my school uses cats that are euthanized at a local shelter. We have such a surplus in my area....there are THREE shelters in my city alone, and ONE of them euthanizes 1800 cats a MONTH due to overpopulation. (they also have an amazing low cost/free speuter program that sterilizes over 4,000 cats a year, so it's not like they're not trying to help)
IMO, if these poor cats who had to be euthanized because not enough people speuter their animals can be used to teach a student how to help other, living cats in the future, we should do it. At least that way there was some benefit from their death, rather than their just being a statistic.