Why controlling pet population is so important here, there and everywhere 08/08/2015

by Sloan McKinney

The practice of sterilizing animals is known by many different names, spaying, neutering and castration, just to name a few. There are often heated arguments that occur on both sides, especially with breeders that will bark that this practice is wrong, but the enormous amount of strays that are reproducing begs to differ with their numbers expanding on an exponential level. To “fix or not to fix,” that is the Shakespearean question, but it is now nobler in today's mind to realize that our pet overpopulation problem is enormous, and it’s happening all around the world.

The Daily Mail reported statistics from the island-continent “down-under” commonly known as Australia, and their regal animal protection society, the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). Their numbers are frightening, as they recently conveyed to The Huffington Post that half of the animals they rescue are euthanized, even though thousands of them are perfectly healthy.

According to some statistics, an unspayed female dog and her mate can have sixteen puppies per year on average. What’s worse, if none of those puppies are ever spayed or neutered and this continues, these animals could add up to 67,000 dogs, many of them unwanted.

This is exactly why we must step in to lend a helping hand to assist our beloved four-legged friends. The benefits of sterilization are now being vastly out weighed by the arguments of those that disagree with this practice. Continuing to euthanize these innocent victims of their own uncontrollable population is cruel, plain and simple.

But recognizing the benefits of keeping an eye on our growing pet population is supported by facts and not fiction. Let’s take a look at just a few reasons why stopping this type of uncontrolled breeding is better than letting it go unchecked:

PROS AND CONS

Breeders will back away from spaying females and neutering their males, because they’re in the business of making money from their valuable offspring. Because of this, some of them are spreading myths about the dangers of pet sterilization. For the sake of argument, let’s look at some of the real pros of fixing our pets, the good will outweigh the bad as seen here:

ON THE GOOD SIDE

The RSPCA publishes these tips on the rational reasons to sterilize our pets, which include:

  • Female dogs that are neutered will prevent the attraction of unwanted male canines when the females come into season. The often aggressive behavior that these male dogs can possess can be problematic and often cause unnecessary vet bills.
  •  With males and females, both cats and dogs, neutering will often reduce the incidences of marking behaviors such as annoying indoor urinating and spraying behaviors.
  •  Under the Animal Welfare Act of 2006, pet owners are responsible for protecting pets from interaction from other animals, keeping them apart from other animals, especially when it comes to breeding and reproduction.

It’s our responsibility as humans to look towards the greater good for our domesticated animals, to protect them from harm and help them in every way possible. Remember the Yank from the United States, Bob Barker, who closed every episode of his popular daytime game show, “The Price Is Right,” (spun off later in the UK) for over 30 years, by begging his fans to “Help control the pet population, have your pet spayed or neutered.”


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