Legislation would Change Animal Shelter Terminology

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Destroying animals sounds pretty harsh.

Now lawmakers are changing current law to use terms like “humanely euthanize.”

It is all an attempt to reflect the current way officers and vets must lay animals that are severely distressed to suffering to rest.

“I am very happy to see that our elected officials are interested in making the language and state laws contemporary,” said Gina Knepp, with the Sacramento Animal Shelter.

Assembly Bill 1045 was introduced by Los Angeles-area Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield.

While it does not change the way shelters and vets do business it simply changes wording.

So why does it really matter?

The California Humane Society hopes the modern language will change public perception on how animals are treated.

“We are a shelter. We provide shelter to abused and neglected animals. We want people to know this is a place they can bring their animals to be cared for,” said Knepp.

Other terms like “pound” and “pound master” will also be updated.

“It is nice to know that they are not going to call me the “pound master” anymore,” Knepp said.

The Humane Society also hopes the updated verbiage will encourage outside donations and support for shelters facing severe budget cuts.

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  • TheArchman

    Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield has too much time on his hands. I hate knowing my tax dollars are paying his salary.

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