The cruelty of kindness - by F. Kaskais

Header essay pa 21805359On Friday 19 December 2014, approximately 60 dogs and other animals were rescued from atrocious conditions in Sequatchie County, Tennessee. Photo by Kathy Milani/The Humane Society of the United States/PA Photos

‘No kill’ animal shelters have unleashed an epidemic of suffering, but is a life of misery any better than a quick death?

by Sabine Heinlein

(Sabine Heinlein is a non-fiction writer whose work has appeared in The Paris Review Daily, Die Zeit and The Iowa Review, among others. Her most recent book is Among Murderers: Life After Prison (2013).)

March 2013, my husband and I were on our way to a museum when we saw a sign advertising an adoption event at the Petco pet store on the Upper West Side in New York City.

‘Should we adopt another cat?’ my husband asked. We’d got our scaredy-cat Gilbert from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) the year before: he was…

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2 comments on “The cruelty of kindness

  1. What a difficult dilemma, and no win situation for the poor animals. I know PETA has come in for a lot of criticism for euthanising animals. If we could just stop commercial breeding and people buying from them ….. Heartbreaking.

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