Monday, September 13, 2010

Why it's time to quit preaching Mandatory Spay/Neuter

Every animal I've owned has been spayed or neutered, including the two purebred animals I owned. I didn't spay or neuter a single one because it was mandatory; I did it because it was the intelligent choice.

Can anyone who supports mandatory spaying and neutering answer these questions, please:

1. Do you really think you have the right to dictate others' choices regarding their pets?
2. Has making this part of a city code ever lowered a euthanasia rate? In other words, can you offer valid proof that mandatory spaying and neutering helps to stop the killing in shelters?

This 2005 article about Austin's shelter includes the opinion of a vet tech who carried out euthanasia duties on a regular basis. He didn't support mandatory spaying/neutering. Considering what he does for a living, I think he's earned his right to his opinion - perhaps more than most of us have.

What Happened to the No-Kill Millennium?

Austin's plan to end wholesale euthanasia at Town Lake shelter remains a distant dream.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

They CAN'T because it is not true that MSN stops killing, it does make it WORSE.

And then in Read Larry Powell today James Bias said “There is a well-documented link between animal cruelty and human violence. Helping the Dallas Police Department bring these individuals to justice will help stop the cycle of abuse."

THAT is also not true and I do have friends who study this kind of thing on a regular basis. These people are typical of those who love "SPIN" the belief is that if you say it often enough that it will be what people believe...and THAT is the TRUTH of the whole thing. Its like the "pet over population", there is no such thing but "everyone" says it.