Ed Boks published a new post today called Time for the Heavy Lifting. I think it was written in jest and my response should be taken that way too.
SPIN: LA Animal Services has been striving to achieve No-Kill for several years. Over the past five years LA Animal Services has reduced dog and cat euthanasia by 50%.
TRUTH: Yes Ed, LAAS made a lot of progress towards no kill under Greenwalt and Stuckey, but none under your watch in 2006.
SPIN; Many animal welfare professionals have long considered 5 killings per 1000 residents to be the threshold to achieving No-Kill.
TRUTH: O.k., I guess one could say—theoretically--that 19,263 animals killed is on the threshold of no kill. Of course that person would be insane.
SPIN: New Hope placements are down 8.5% - suggesting LA Animal Services is efficiently adopting out the most adoptable animals and our New Hope partners are helping many of the more difficult to place animals, nearly 6,000 in the last twelve months. This leaves what many might consider the most "un-adoptable" or unwanted animals.
TRUTH: Oh come on. It could also suggest a deteriorating relationship between LAAS and the rescue groups. It could also suggest they have less money than the year before to take care of the animals once adopted. Would they say, "You guys are less adoptable, therefore we are investing in Google rather than in you."
SPIN: LA Animal Services is doing its part. Pet overpopulation is a community problem requiring community support. Making LA Animal Services the enemy, as some armchair activists do, is like holding Doctors Without Borders responsible for third world disease.
TRUTH: LAAS is like Doctors Without Borders? How about like St. Francis and Mother Teresa?
SPIN: The vile discourse common among a small number of self professed animal welfare proponents in LA serves only to make the final mile of the race to No-Kill more difficult, not less.
TRUTH: That is a very, very big final mile. Is this like your "Giant Leap Towards No Kill" Last Year? Why not just say we are no kill right now?
SPIN: While I am loathe calling attention to this faction because it only gives them the attention they crave, it is important to understand the damage they do to the cause of animal welfare in Los Angeles.
TRUTH: I used to believe this too. But criticism is now coming from a lot of former friends and supporters who see the lack of progress under your watch. In effect you are blaming all critics now for your failure.