Animal welfare advocates plan to protest in front of Orange County Animal Care (OCAC) in Southern California this coming Saturday, April 23, 2016. The advocates say animals are being euthanized without being given a chance for adoption. They say the average time from owner surrender to death is 43 minutes.
Dr. Jennifer Hawkins, Director of Orange County Animal Care, has come under fire for what is perceived as her mission of killing rather than any attempt at saving lives, which is in direct opposition to the Veterinarian Oath. That oath reads in pertinent part:
Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.
Advocates also accuse Hawkins of falsifying shelter statistics and violating the Hayden Law, much of which remains in effect despite some state-mandated provisions being suspended. Hayden Law requires that shelters release unwanted animals to a rescue at the rescue’s request under most circumstances.
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