The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has recently changed policies regarding the euthanizing of unwanted animals. They are no longer going to kill animals that are potentially adoptable.
Instead, the SPCA is going keep unwanted animals until homes are found for them - even if it means that animal shelters get overcrowded. They are also hoping to develop a foster care program where individuals will temporarily take these poor pets into their lives to avoid unnecessary slaughter until a more permanent home is found.
On top of the above, the BC government is currently rethinking the current status of animals in our society. Currently they are considered chattel or property. That means that my dog, Maggie, has the same rights as my pickup truck or my wife's piano (both of which we have great affection for.) The government may move and declare that, as living creatures, animals have certain basic rights.
I'm not in disagreement with all of this. I don't want to live in a society where cruelty is inflicted on helpless life. Anyone who can't be nice to a little kitty or puppy has the beginnings of being a cruel person who could go on to even meaner things in this world.
If an animal doesn't need to be killed I'm all for letting it live. If giving rights to animals because they are alive (whether wanted or not) cuts down on cruelty in the world I'm all for that too. That's the kind of society I want to belong to. Just because something living isn't wanted is no reason to kill it.
I just wish society would apply the same logic to unborn human beings. Maybe they will if they just look into the eyes of the unborn and see them yearningly plead, "Adopt me."