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Animal Welfare, Do We Care Too Much

Sorry images of starving cats and dogs are winning out over their human counterpart. How the American donor base is going to the dogs.
    /24-7PressRelease/ - KANAB, UT, February 18, 2007 - Dogs being slaughtered by the thousands in China because of one minor rabies outbreak, animals abandoned in the war-torn middle east, drowning cats and dogs in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans, hundred of rabbits living in squalor and multiplying like rabbits.

Should we care when there are so many human beings being slaughtered and abandoned throughout the globe? Hundreds of millions of private donor-dollars are raised each and every year just to help animals. Is this a sign that many have forsaken humans in place of their family pet?.

"There doesn't seem to be enough money to help humans in greatest live-saving need, but there always seems to be enough for war and domestic animal needs, says Howard F. Bronson, former Director of Best Friends Animal Society and author of the best selling pet-bereavement book Dog Gone, Coping With The Loss of A Pet (Bestsell).

"Many people have been favoring animal welfare over human welfare but I think both problems could be solved," says Bronson."$40 Billion, with a Capital B is spent per anum on domestic pets in the U.S. alone and that figure does not include the Billions donated to animal-related causes and organizations. That's enough to not merely save a ten-million starving children each year, it's enough to provide them with stability, family security and education. It would make a huge dent in actually curing poverty, as would the $80 Billion spent in the Iraqi and other wars each year."

So why do so many people insist on only pouring millions into animal welfare? " In a word, guilt," claims Bronson. There is a pervasive belief that we have messed up the lives of millions of animals and resultingly, owe a debt to them. "We are smart enough to stop war and hunger but we haven't been using our evolved intellect to find and implement these solutions."

Bronson stumbled on this subject quite by accident after writing Dog Gone and watching it become an enduring success. "We had no great plans for the book and were amazed at the great number of people sensitive to the subject. That lead us to discover millions of people out there who share the same compassion for animals as we do."

As Bronson became involved on the national humanitarian scene, he was astonished at the "high degree of general humaneness" in people. He learned all he could about Best Friends Animal Society, The Humane Association, the SPCA and others and became very active in the no-kill movement. "Just as the re-allocation of funds could markedly slow down hunger and social decay, if the majority of people would adopt and spay their pets, we could stop the killing of nearly 5 Million cats and dogs each year."

Bronson is a realist and understands that the key barriers are simple politics and greed. "You make a lot more money from selling a laser-guided missile than you do, a bag of dog-food."

Bronson has his critics, even from within the humane associations many of whom believe that we have no choice but to fight expensive wars or there will be no America remaining for any pets to live in. But he counters with his recent rescue effort of abandoned animals in the war-torn middle east. "Jews, Muslims and Christians worked side-by-side to save these animals. "That proves beyond doubt that there is indeed a humanitarian in each of us and this is just one of many examples that clearly suggest we can do better than to kill each other."

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