Is spaying and neutering being promoted as a replacement for training and responsibility?
The Humane Society of the United States
(HSUS) on its website, says "Spaying or Neutering Is Good for You" (seriously, that's what it says! like adding food color to kibble to make it look pretty to the buyer!)
and that "Spaying and neutering makes pets better, more affectionate companions.
Better than what?
This posting is primarily about dogs, not because I have a problem with cats, but some issues regarding dogs, especially large breed dogs like the Anatolian Shepherd Dog (my breed)
, are quite a bit different than issues with cats. Believe it or not, dogs can be plenty wonderful and affectionate without undergoing
surgical sexual mutilation
spay and neuter. The key is responsible care and training!
In a previous posting, I questioned the
/(no, scratch that) mis
informed political support of mandatory early spay and neuter
because it is clear that there are some serious unresolved issues which are not in the best interests of healthy animals. Mandatory Spay/Neuter Laws are wrong. Responsible people should not be penalized for wanting to do what is best for their particular cases. And responsible breeders who look after their own should not be penalized for the behaviors of stupid owners who choose to get animals from commercial or random and irresponsible sources and then
fail to train or contain these animals (both cats and dogs). When they just give up and turn them loose or drop them off at a shelter, why should other pet owners be penalized. Where is the logic in that?
Just because people have pets, doesn't mean that it is their fault that other people are irresponsible. Is it your fault that drunks get on the road and kill people? Should you be penalized for using public or private transportation because of them? This is what is happening to responsible owners. They are being told that increased fees and penalties need to be charged to them because there are "so many animals being killed in the shelters".
Don't get me wrong. There IS good reason to spay and neuter, but EARLY spay and neuter is not always in the best interests of every single animal that would otherwise be responsibly kept from breeding anyway. There would also be a lot more support and compliance for existing regulations if they were fair. See: A Guide to Constructing Successful Pet Friendly Ordinances
- A project of the National Animal Interest Alliance (which needs donations, please!)
So here are a collection of interesting, recent
information links, some with actual data, about the potential problems and considerations of spay/neuter (and early spay/neuter) which may help one make better informed decisions for our pets. When you vote, remember you are voting on behalf of your pets too! Remember too that many professionals including doctors and veterinarians do not keep informed on the important updates in their fields.
Some breed specific behavioral and physical data is presented here. Must see, lots of charts and photographs!
This is what you're looking for. Information that is better researched and more up to date than the information found in most places.http://www.acc-d.org/2006%20Symposium%20Docs/Session%20I.pdf
Note - Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs
(ACC&D) is a nonprofit 501C(3) group involved in attempting to study, define and resolve some of the problems that currently exist internationally, regarding issues of animal population control. They need donations. See their FAQ
At ACC&D's Third International Symposium, "Proceedings of the Third International Symposium on Non-Surgical Contraceptive Methods for Pet Population Control" - November 9-12, 2006 - Alexandria, Virginia (from their website they state)
: "more than 120 representatives from universities, animal welfare organizations, foundations, companies, and government agencies from 11 countries gathered to share information and plan for the future".
<><><><><>2-Dogged Blog: It's Just That They LIE ABOUT IT
by Christie Keith
<><><><><>3-Early Spay-Neuter Considerations for the Canine Athlete
One Veterinarian's Opinion, at Canine sports - by Chris Zink, DVM, PhD, DACVP
<><><><><>4-Spay, Neuter, and Cancer: Revisiting an Old Trinity
by Myrna Milani, DVM
<><><><><>5-Castration of Male Dogs, Spaying Female Dogs
by Mary C. Wakeman, DVM (added 26 Mar 2007)
<><><><><>6-The Long-Term Health Effects of Spay / Neuter in Dogs
by Laura J. Sanborn Was hosted at English Shepherd Club Registry site - moved to NAIA in April (added 27 Mar 2007)
Labels: animal_control, spay-neuter