The usa needs to shut down all back yard puppy and kitten mills.
Holland has implemented an animal welfare program that has set them to become the first country with a zero population of stray dogs.
This is incredible considering that the country, along with every other populated region in the world, have been plagued with stray dogs for hundreds of years now. So much so, that the WHO reported an estimation of ~200 million stray dogs worldwide.
The U.S. has also been experimenting with ways to curb the ongoing increase in stray dogs wandering the nation. Unfortunately, they need a lasting solution, and none have presented themselves so far.
One advocate pleading for effective action in this matter is Peter Zheutlin, who explains the nature of why eradicating animal homelessness is no easy feat.
This problem has escalated to the point where it would take decades of a concentrated spay-neuter program in a city like Houston to begin to reduce the numbers. The shelters are not often high priorities for governments either when they’ve got competing demands from the school department, the police department, the fire department, parks, sanitation. Who speaks for the dogs?
Holland, though, has broken a world’s first record, by completely eradicating homelessness for stray dogs, and no, they didn’t cull them.
Holland has been dealing with more stray dogs than almost any other country for nearly 200 years now. In the 1800s, dog ownership was a symbol of status, and so just about every single home has at least one dog, if not more.
Now, over 200 years later in the 21st century, Dutch officials finally decided to take serious action.
Many people gathered together from all walks of life, including legislators, public health officials, and animal advocates. Together, they began brainstorming on the best, most effective way to get their stray dog population down to zero.
The first step in this plan was sterilization. This had an immediate and obvious effect, greatly minimizing the number of stray puppies being born.
After each sterilization, all strays underwent a veterinary check-up and were brought up to date on their vaccines.
The country started implementing animal welfare legislation. To encourage people to take the new legislation seriously, the laws came attached with enforcements like $16,000 dollar fines and up to 3-year prison sentences for anyone that dared to break it.
The legislation also called for a tax hike on retail store-bought pets.
The increase was erected with the intention of promoting pet adoption via animal shelters and rescues, rather than encouraging breeders to add more pups into the mix.
The company then recruited a special domestic animal task force specifically set up to enforce the new animal welfare laws. If it’s needed, the task force will also re.mo_ve the animal from any dan_gero_us living situation.
Last but definitely not least, Dutch officials campaigned tirelessly across the nation to promote pet adoption rather than pet-shopping.
This gave Holland’s citizens the inclusive feeling of fighting pet homelessness with the government, rather than against it. As of current, over 90% of Holland’s population have happy, healthy dogs living with them. Collectively, they’ve
Well they have shown it can be done every country should do what they done to achieve the same.