Although some argue that everyone in the debate shares a passionate concern for the welfare of animals, a rift over this issue divides the shelter community. Ultimately, the best interests of animals may not be best addressed in a climate of controversy and criticism. To understand and perhaps reduce this controversy, the tensions fueling the no-kill conflict need to be identified and the breadth of the gulf separating its two camps assessed.
Arluke, A. (2003). The no-kill controversy: Manifest and latent sources of tension. In D.J. Salem & A.N. Rowan (Eds.), The state of the animals II: 2003 (pp. 67-83). Washington, DC: Humane Society Press.