The Tail End
Tuesday, 25 Sep 12
Why are we killing so many pet dogs and cats?
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Australians love pet dogs and cats. But each year tens of thousands of them are killed. Often, they’re perfectly healthy.
The RSPCA alone euthanised more than 56,000 cats and dogs last financial year. And that figure doesn’t include all the animals put down at council pounds around Australia every day.
(One advocacy group, Deathrowpets.net, estimates that a quarter of a million unwanted cats and dogs are killed in Australian pounds every year).
In this episode, pet owners, breeders, pet shop owners, animal shelter workers and pets themselves join Jenny Brockie to look at why Australia is euthanising so many dogs and cats.
Insight will also ask whether pet owners are at fault for treating animals as a commodity, or whether there are just too many animals being bred in the first place.
Producer: Fanou Filali
Associate Producer: Mawunyo Gbogbo and Sarah Allely
Meet the Guests
Ben and Dani Henderson
Guillaume “Tabby” Tabuteau