Helen: Absolutely not true that shelters do not know how to save the lives of healthy and adoptable animals. There is simply a lack of will to do it (for various reasons) and it does not cost more money to keep the animals alive--so it is not a financial issue.
If you have not checked out this website b4 I highly suggest you do so that you can become an informed advocate for homeless animals if you choose.
If you really care about environmental impact of cattle on public lands stop eating meat. Animal products contribute almost 20% of the carbon footprint on this planet as well as destroy public lands, threaten wildlife and erode land, waste and pollute water. Raising animals for meat is a stinky business. As K.D. Lang once said "Meat stinks."
No mention in this article about how the cattle industry/ranchers have worked so diligently and successfully to push the wild horses and burros off of the public lands so that they can graze their "stink'n" cattle on the cheap. While these iconic and beautiful animals are rounded up, scared and tortured and eventually sold to the public (where they no longer are "wild") or slaughtered and sold for dog food by people who see them as varmint (BLM and Dept of Interior), the media acts as a propaganda machine for the ranchers by telling the public that the horses/burros are destroying the western lands from overgrazing, failing to inform that there are less than 50,000 wild horses/burros in all of the western states and there are 4-5 million (or more) cattle on public lands. There may be some "conservation" groups out there working with some of the ranchers. There may be some ranchers that sincerely care about environmental issues (including the protection of wild horses/burros, mountain lions, wolves and bears) but who are we really kidding here? The numbers must be so small, the effect would be moot.
Spay neuter is one piece of the pie (a large piece) that affects quality of life for Tucson animals. If the city and county council members would spend some time volunteering in the local shelters, if they would witness what it is like to euthanize a healthy animal and if they would shadow an animal control person for one day to see what kinds of struggles many homeless animals experience, then my guess is the city would have plenty of money to fund low cost/free spay neuter.
Horse and dog racing are barbaric "sports" that mistreat animals so that people can be "entertained" and money can be made. Shut the whole damn thing down, give the greyhounds to a reputable greyhound rescue who will find them good homes and the dogs can finally live the rest of their lives with humans that love and appreciate them.
I lived in Tucson in the late 80's and early 90's and even then, 2 decades ago, greyhound dog racing was a seedy industry and animal advocates were figuring this out. This is a dark side of Tucson and the citizens of AZ need to outlaw this horrendous and cruel exploitation of dogs.
As an out-of-stater who frequents Tucson, it seems so counter-intuitive for a state with 350 days of sunshine to not be going solar. It's like living in Nebraska (where the wind blows all the time) and not going with wind turbines. You know the people in power are so against clean energy. AZ citizens need to wake up and demand the right to use harness the sun for energy.
This is an informative article and reinforcs my belief that Tucson really is the best city in AZ. Thank you Mr. Mayor for working towards making Tucson a greener and more livable place.
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