Is No-Kill a Reality or Just a Dream?
"Most immediately, our work is helping the animals and ending shelter killing. But on another level, this is about saving people. It’s about saving our relationship to the animals and the planet," says Francis Battista.
The carnage is truly astounding. Each day an estimated 5,000 to 5,500 dogs are legally euthanized in the United States by kill shelters that are supported by taxpayer money. Unfortunately even more cats meet their deaths each day at these same shelters. In this episode meet Francis Battista and learn what this remarkable man and others like him are doing to help end the carnage of dogs and cats and make this a no-kill nation.
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Francis Battista is a co-founder of Best Friends Animal Society, and today, considered to be one of the foremost thought leaders in animal welfare. Raised in the New York City metro area, Francis has always had pets. He studied engineering and physics at NYU and SUNY Albany. In the late 1960’s Francis embarked on a journey through the US, England and Canada with a group of friends, some of whom would become the other co-founders of Best Friends Animal Society. Understanding that kindness towards all – animals and humans – is fundamental to a spiritual life, Francis and his friends devoted their energies to healing our collective relationship with animals, beginning with the challenge to end killing companion animals as a method of population control.