Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Stop the Killing – Why Everyone Should Join the Battle for No Kill New York

Today is Day 21 in the Battle for No Kill New York.  I’ve been participating since Day 1.  In addition to sending emails, I’ve been sharing each day’s action plan on my Facebook page.  I continue to post each night’s kill lists, and give updates on the statuses of the dogs. 

Last night while cooking dinner, a thought popped into my head.  Everyone – and I mean everyone – should be participating.  It doesn’t matter what state you live in.  It doesn’t matter if you will never be able to visit New York City.  It does matter whether or not you join the battle. 

NYC ACC is probably the worst shelter in the country.  The killing happens 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  At least 10,000 companion animals are killed each year.  That’s an average of 27 per day.  The director, executive staff, and employees are uncaring.  City officials and the ASPCA worked to defeat Oreo’s Law and pass Intro 655

‎"How will things change unless we make waves? How will we end the killing? How will we stop the abuse unless we expose it?" - Nathan J. Winograd, Courage & Cowardice in the Fight for a No Kill Nation

If we all join together and fight to reform NYC ACC, we will make a huge wave.  If you saw the movie Deep Impact, you probably remember the massive tidal wave washing over New York City (along with a sizeable portion of the east coast).  This is what we need to accomplish, and it will take all of us to do it.  We need to bury New York City and state officials under a massive wave of protests and demand for change.

So why should you join the fight?

If we can take down the very broken and out of control NYC ACC, then we can take down any other kill shelter in this country.

By participating, we gain experience.

By participating, we see what works and what doesn’t.

By participating, we gain a blueprint to use in other fights.

We should not look at this fight as being solely about New York.  We should look at it as just one of the battles we will encounter in our fight to save the shelter animals of our nation.  

To win the war, we all need to fight each and every battle.

The Battle for No Kill New York Has Begun

Stop the Killing – Speak Out

Why I Am Fighting Against NYC ACC

Friday, October 7, 2011

Why I Am Fighting Against NYC ACC

I live in Alabama, about 900 miles away (as the crow flies) from New York City.  So why in the heck do I care about what goes on in the ACC?

Pure and simple – it’s a slaughter by an uncaring director who lies, and uncaring, poorly trained employees.  NYC ACC is one of, if not the, worst shelters in our nation.  No one – not any one of us – should find it acceptable. 

A few weeks ago, I began posting the To Be Destroyed album for dogs each evening.  Then I added the one for cats, and finally I added status updates for the dogs to my postings.

I post the albums hoping my readers will share them.  Once the kill lists come out, there is a window of 10 to 12 hours in which to find these cats and dogs adoption or rescue.  It should not have to come down to this last ditch effort to save lives, but it does because ACC doesn’t market or advertise the animals to try and get them adopted. 

I post the status updates to help show the number of kills versus the number of saves, as well as showing which animals did not die that night but are returned to the hellhole to await death on another night.

I post articles, as well as my own blog posts.

Now that The Battle for No Kill New York has begun, I post each day’s call to action. 

The Battle for No Kill New York Has Begun

The Battle for No Kill New York - Day 2 - Demand the Resignation of Julie Bank

The Battle for No Kill New York - Day 3 - Calling Out the Board of Mis-Directors

I do all of this to raise awareness.  I do it hoping it will make my readers angry enough to do something. 

I joined the fight because I am horrified and disgusted by the deplorable conditions and happenings at ACC.  I joined because I am angry.  I joined because my voice, even from 900 miles away, is needed to help bring about reform.

I don’t have to live in NYC, or even New York State, to have an impact.  I am a potential tourist who might spend money in the city for food, hotel, and more.  But because of ACC, I’ll be damned if I will ever set foot in NYC while the slaughter continues.  I will never visit NYC, or New York State, until there is reform.

No Kill New York needs you to join the fight too – the more people who protest, the more difficult it is for city officials to ignore us.  It only takes a few minutes to write and send an email, slightly longer for a letter because of the envelope and needing to put it in the mailbox.

Please join the fight. EVERYONE is needed to make this happen. There are NO excuses.  Everyone can take a few minutes to write a letter or email.


Petition: Reform the NYC ACC Now

Sadness! Another Life Is Silenced before It Is Time!

Stop the Slaughter

Urgent Death Row Dogs

Stop the Killing – Wall of Shame: NYC ACC

Stop the Killing – Speak Out

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Stop the Killing - Battle for No Kill New York Has Begun

I make no secret of how I feel about NYC ACC and what goes on there.  I alternate between disgust, horror and sadness – and ultimately seethe with anger.

A week ago, I put the ACC on a “wall of shame”, outlining a list of problems as well as giving a list of informational links. 

On October 4th, No Kill New York launched their campaign to prepare for to prepare for 2012: The Year of No Kill New York.  This plan is 90 days of action to influence anyone who has a say in how New York City manages its homeless, lost or injured animals.

I don’t know what all the actions will be, but I do know at least some of it is simply writing letters or emails to city officials. 

If there is to be reform at the ACC, we need as many people as possible to join the fight.  Even if you do not live in New York City or state, you can participate by helping to spread the word and by writing emails or letters.

The campaign kicked off with the explanatory note The Battle for No Kill New York Has Begun.  It gives a brief overview of the plan, who will be targeted, and how to sign up for action alerts, as well as NKNY’s mission statement. 

If you want to receive the alerts to know how you can help, email nokill-newyork@optonline.net

Please join the fight. EVERYONE is needed to make this happen. There are NO excuses.  Everyone can take a few minutes to write a letter or email.


Petition: Reform the NYC ACC Now

Sadness! Another Life Is Silenced before It Is Time!

Stop the Slaughter

Urgent Death Row Dogs

Stop the Killing – Wall of Shame: NYC ACC

Stop the Killing – Speak Out

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Stop the Killing – Speak Out

‎"How will things change unless we make waves? How will we end the killing? How will we stop the abuse unless we expose it?" - Nathan J. Winograd

In his most recent blog post, Courage & Cowardice in the Fight for a No Kill Nation, Winograd talks about his experiences with those who wish to remain anonymous. 

While he did not put it into words, the underlying message is there - this is a war to reform our country’s shelter system and stop the killing of millions of companion animals, and, as unfortunate as it is, there will be casualties, primarily the animals we so desperately want to save.  We will lose some in order to save millions more

I hate the thought of losing more animals because of petty retaliation by shelters.  I hate that shelters use them as pawns to force people to shut up.  I hate that shelters manipulate people by yanking on their heartstrings.  But I hate the killing of millions of cats and dogs every year even more.  In shelter reform, there are only two choices – remain silent and watch the killings continue, or speak out knowing some will be lost in the effort to reform our shelter system.

Either choice will weigh heavy on our hearts.  Animals will die in shelters no matter which choice we make. 

Throughout history, those who have protested injustice have had to make the choice to be silent or to speak out.  They accepted the risks as the price of bringing justice and righting wrongs.  Millions have died, been incarcerated, been ostracized, been attacked, been injured, had their homes destroyed … all because of speaking out.

These people accepted the consequences of the American Civil Rights Movement, the fight to end Apartheid in South Africa, the attempt to derail Hitler’s genocide of Jews, the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 where as many as 800 (perhaps more) protestors were killed in a single night, and many other social movements.

The difference here is that NO PERSON is in danger of being killed, jailed, etc because of speaking out against what is wrong at the shelters.  Volunteers may be dismissed.  Shelter employees may be fired.  Rescues may be banned from pulling.  Some may be called names or have their name dragged through the mud.  All of which are favorite tactics by the opposition of social movements when people dare to speak. But these retaliations do not kill or physically harm us.

We need the people in the know – the volunteers, shelter employees and rescues – to speak out for the animals.  Without this insider knowledge, protests against shelters become a he said – she said scenario.  The proof provided by insiders is invaluable in bringing about change.


Every person who is an animal lover, and/or cares about what goes on in our nation’s shelters, and/or hates all the killing, and/or is aware of animal welfare issues, needs to speak out too.

Every day in my Facebook newsfeed, I see comments on posts, articles, and pictures complaining about what is happening.  Sometimes it’s about the shelters; sometimes it’s about abuse, neglect or cruelty.  They complain or otherwise voice their opinion, but my questions to these people are …

Did YOU do something?  Do you do ANYTHING?

Do you sign petitions?  Do you write your state senator(s) and representative(s) about animal welfare issues?  Do you write your city/town and county officials?  Do you write letters to the editor of a newspaper?  Do you speak out against the wrongs and speak up for the animals in any way? 

How many of you who read my post Wall of Shame: NYC ACC used the link to the contact form to speak out against the shelter and for the animals?  The link was right there – just click it to go to the form page.  The form is set up to send to every official who needs to be aware of what is happening at the ACC – no need to find email addresses.  You didn’t have to do the research into what is wrong – I provided a list and links.  All you had to do was type a note. 

If we remain silent, the animals will continue to be the ones who suffer and die.  We must face the truth of what is going on in our country and speak out.  We must bring awareness to those who have no idea what is happening.  We must act and exercise our right to inform our local, state and national leaders that we want change.  We must take every opportunity to speak out against injustice towards animals.

By not acting, we allow ‘the opposition’ to continue.  By not speaking out or taking action, we give tacit approval of what they do.  By remaining silent, we give them the power.    

We must tell the truth and speak out no matter our fears, no matter how much it hurts.