Forced Pet Sterilization in Los Angeles

Now I’ve heard everything. The latest “craze” to come out of California (what is it with that state that produces the stupidest things? Must be something in the water or air in that state because these people are just not normal) is a law requiring ALL pets to be sterilized by 4 months of age. I’ve heard this is not a good idea with male cats as it affects their growth (something to do with the bones and muscles?).

The ordinance does exempt some animals, including those that have competed in shows or sporting competitions, guide dogs, animals used by police agencies and those belonging to professional breeders.

The average pet owner, however, must have their dog or cat spayed or neutered by the time it reaches 4 months of age (as late as 6 months with a letter from a veterinarian). People with older un-neutered pets and newcomers to the city with animals also have to obey the law.

First-time offenders will receive information on subsidized sterilization services and be given an additional 60 days. If they still fail to comply they could be fined $100 and ordered to serve eight hours of community service. A subsequent offense could result in a $500 fine or 40 hours of community service.

Bob Barker, the retired game-show host who famously ended every “Price is Right” show with a call for sterilizing pets, pushed for the law’s adoption and was among those at Tuesday’s news conference.

“The next time that you hear me say, ‘Help control the pet population, have your pet spayed or neutered,’ I can add, ‘It’s the law in Los Angeles,'” a jubilant Barker said.

Read the full story here.

Also any and all pets already owned who aren’t spayed or neutered, will have to be as well as any pet of anyone moving to the state. In other words there is no grandfathering of existing pets, and newcomers will have to be sure to comply within the appropriate time frame or face fines.

I want to know how they plan on enforcing this law. I mean, if Los Angeles is like most other cities, they can’t even enforce currently existing leash laws.

The ONLY exceptions will be for show dogs, profession breeders, police and working dogs.

Now, the concept behind the law is decent, as most concepts are until you examine it closely.

They want to cut down on the number of abandoned pets who end up in shelters. According to the article last year L.A. ended up with 50,000 stray/unwanted cats and dogs in shelters and 15,000 were euthanized. So the majority of these animals appear to get adopted. If you adopt a pet from a shelter, it makes sense that it should have been sterilized, I can understand that. BUT passing a law that forces every pet owner to sterilize their pet on the off chance that the pet might get loose and have a little fun and that someone might abandon one of the litter is really pushing the nanny-state to the edge I think.

The goal is to be a “no-kill” city. Of course they are referring to cats and dogs only and not actual crimes. So what happens when the average multi-bred dogs and cats no longer exist (mutts make much better pets too)? When you want a pet you will be FORCED to get a pure-bred OR in-bred dog or cat (and we all know they are the most high-strung of animals), you will have to pay big bucks to said professional breeder for their pure-bred animal and then pay to have it sterilized.

I just see this law, for all it’s good intentions, of being another step into controlling the private lives of American citizens; not to mention a whole new avenue of revenue for black market entrepreneurs.

The road to hell is always paved with good intentions.

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~ by swfreedomlover on February 27, 2008.

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