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Nala was created because a stray dog (called Elmo, right) was found and put in the animal pound of a small village in the Vendée. The mayor had asked the vet to euthanize it because he didn't know what to do with it, as he didn't have a contract with an association to take it on board and have it adopted. Fortunately the vet was not very keen on this idea of euthanizing a young, friendly dog that had his whole life ahead of him. Khe vet's assistent phoned us. We were prepared to help and take on the dog. The mayor agreed to release the dog, however under one condition: that we started an association.
It surprised us that the decision of life or death was taken so lightly so we started to investigate this issue more thoroughly. We contacted the legal departments of the major animal associations in France to ask them whether they thought that euthanasia out of convenience was legal. They almost all replied that this was common practice and allowed if animals, no matter their age or condition, were not adopted and there was no space in the pound or refuge to keep them any longer.
So we dug into the texts of the legislation. We were pleasantly surprised when we found the official text of the law which says:
Photo's of Mary Shannon Johnstone for her project “Breeding Ignorance”