"The CAPA draft promoted by the No Kill Advocacy Center evolved out of the 1998 California legislation called the Hayden Act, drafted by Winograd when he was director of law and advocacy for the San Francisco SPCA. Never fully funded or implemented and now suspended, the Hayden Act required California animal control shelters to make healthy animals available to rescue groups, regardless of whether the animals were deemed adoptable.
Winograd credits the Hayden Act with a substantial role in reducing shelter killing in California from 588,000 in 1997 to 410,739 in 2012. However, as ANIMAL PEOPLE spotlighted in April 1993, many California animal control shelters had already been partnering with nonprofit agencies to rehome animals in rapidly increasing numbers for at least 10 years before the passage of the Hayden Act. In addition, the annual volume of shelter killing in California had already been falling for 25 years."
The last thing we need in California now is to 'shore up' the horrid Hayden that has and is holding our shelters hostage.
Along with the Hayden, hoarding among rescues has increased. Cruelty traced directly back to the No Killers pulling animals and shipping them to unknown sources abounds.
"The Hayden Act did not require nonprofit shelters to meet any animal care inspection standards before receiving animals from animal control agencies. This weakness of the Hayden Act was exposed when the operators of three California “no-kill” rescue networks were convicted of running dogfighting rings soon after it passed. At least 20 nonprofit “no kill” animal shelters and rescues in California have been successfully prosecuted for mass neglect just since 2010."
The No Kill Equation is a dead movement now, stop listening to the followers, burn the books.
“The no-kill movement has denied the existence of overpopulation and downplayed the importance of prevention of unwanted litters, focusing all their attention on adoptions,” Mechler told ANIMAL PEOPLE. “Anyone who wants to get to true no-kill, or as close as is feasible, should watch what is happening in Delaware.”
We are watching, and hopefully we have learned a hard lesson. The animals paid the price for one man's ego.