For Immediate Release
April 1, 2016
(Note: This was an April Fool's Joke, which we are leaving archived on our page but do now want to cause any confusion)
GCRTL Expands Mission Statement:
Within 12 hours, membership triples and annual budget needs met.
COLUMBUS, OH – At the March 31 meeting of the Board of Trustees the board unanimously agreed to expand the mission and vision of the organization. Henceforth, GCRTL will not only focus on efforts to defend the sanctity of all human life from conception until natural death, but the group will also focus on putting an end to the unjust killing of innocent companion animals.
A representative of the organization noted, “For years, we have worked tirelessly to end the death and destruction of unborn children, specifically targeting abortion. In recent years, we have become aware of the need to also focus on end-of-life issues. Numerous states are now legalizing assisted suicide and euthanasia. As part of our Board discussion, we became aware that humans are not the only ones threatened by euthanasia.” The representative continued, “The reality is, most people consider their companion animals to be active members of their families, often enjoying a relationship that parallels that of family. Many have delayed marriage and family, preferring instead to invest emotional relationships in their pets, or as they are often called, fur-kids. And the reality is that as part of our work to continue fighting against the death and destruction of innocent unborn children in the womb, we see an opportunity to help shape people’s consciousness as to the value of all life. Of course we are going to continue working to end abortion, and we are making great strides. In 2012, there were 5698 abortions performed in Franklin County. There were also 5,226 dogs euthanized in Franklin County. Our efforts to reduce abortion have had an impact – more than a 20% reduction in just two years. Imagine if we took that level of success to the humane society!” The representative added, “We realized that there is such a parallel here between human children and fur children, and we thought that perhaps by expanding our mission we could tap into something so help people see the parallel between the injustice of killing unborn children and the cruelty of euthanizing furkids, and in doing so we could really get people to think more seriously about adoption – across species – as a better option.”
The organization has not yet set its program parameters. However, in the twelve or so hours that the change was made, the community response has been significant. A representative commented, “We have had such an outpouring of support – both from a volunteer and a financial standpoint. Literally, hundreds of people have stepped up willing to pray outside of the dog kill facilities, and thousands of dollars have poured in to support our efforts. Corporate donations, especially, have skyrocketed. It is amazing at the number of people and businesses who have perceived efforts to protect the unborn as fringe-related activity are now stepping up to the plate with checkbooks in hand. We are exploring a partnership that will streamline the infant and puppy adoption processes, and may ask the legislature to consider expanding tax advantages to families who are willing to adopt both dogs and babies. I think it is really a win-win for central Ohio.”
Asked about species of animals beyond dogs, the representative commented, “Well, among pro-life circles, the incremental approach is a hotly debated topic. We are not trying to delve into that argument. We think it is possible to have a principled and consistent approach that also works with a strategic approach to changing the culture. Of course we think that all human life has dignity and should be protected, and we are strong advocates for the appropriate standard of care for companion and other animals. Right now we are going to start off with dogs, and as we learn and grow we can hopefully expand to include other companion animals such as cats, gerbils, and the occasional goat.”
For more information about this program, to get involved, or if you are a bit confused, we highly suggest you visit our webpage for more information: www.gcrtl.org/dogs.