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7/6 Community Conversations: Kill or No-Kill Animal Shelters: Is It Really That Simple?

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You hear a lot of conversations about "kill" and "no-kill" animal shelters these days.  No one likes the idea of a "kill" shelter, but is it really that simple?

Last spring, UMD's Center for Ethics and Public Policy held a panel discussion on the appropriateness of euthanizing hard to adopt animals. The discussion addressed questions like: "Euthanasia" v. "kill" - when and why to use which word?  Are healthy animals being needlessly killed?  Is a death in a "kill" shelter more or less humane than life in a kennel in a "no-kill" shelter?  Is having a persistent Kill/No-Kill conflict counterproductive to the animal welfare movement?

Guest speakers for the emotional debate included Janelle Dixon, President/CEO of the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley; Betsy Bode, Shelter Program Manager of Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth; Chris Maddox, Board Member and Bully Breed Coordinator, Ruff Start Rescue in Princeton, MN and Mike Fry, animal advocate, public speaker, educator and blogger.  Shane Courtland, the director of the Center for Ethics and Public Policy, moderated the discussion.

Special thanks to Mary Olson-Reed, the Hub Coordinator at ITSS's Multimedia Center for assistance with the program recording.

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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