I just saw a local TV news segment that had alarming statistics about our local animal shelter. Most statistics involved cats. A high number of cats are put to sleep each year. However, the local animal shelter would have you believe that this is abnormal and that adoptions are down. The reality is that dead cats don't sell for as much as live cats. What do I mean? Am I being insensitive?
Euthanized cats are actually big business. What the animal shelters don't tell you is that research and makeup companies buy euthanized cats to experiment with and produce high quality makeup. It's just that a dead cat is sold for pennies per pound and a live cat is sold for more money at adoption.
While I don't like to see any cat or dog put to sleep; it certainly is a part of society and isn't out of control (yet). The blame falls on humans, not for euthanizing or adopting enough, but irresponsibility to spay or neuter their animals.
My personal opinion is that one should have to qualify to have a pet, much as a weapon. Animals are high maintenance and should be treated much like children ... with careful supervision and proper medical care. The average person can't afford that.
Sort of related ... I was once in Washington DC viewing a WW1 exhibit about American propoganda during the World War I and ration times. One of the posters, promoting carpooling, had a ghosted version of Hitler in the passenger seat. The caption read:
If you ride alone, you ride with Hitler!
Whenever I see a carpooling lane I think of that.
So, I photoshopped an image for you!