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Old 08-16-2010, 02:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Our city council is having a hearing on this proposal in my town tonight.

Does anyone have any information on fighting this successfully??
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There is a mandatory spay/neuter ordinance in Los Angelas I believe. They have more strays now than before.
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Old 08-16-2010, 02:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Here's a place to start

Effects Of MANDATORY Spay Neuter Laws - Politics - The American Dog Magazine

Here is an excerpt:

MSNL have been in effect in various communities for some time, so we now have ample opportunity to ascertain whether they reduce shelter killing. When we research these communities, we find that while increased voluntary sterilization does help reduce the number of animals entering shelters, MSNL do not decrease the number of animals entering or being killed in shelters. MSNL have backfired.

In fact, MSNL have resulted in more abandoned animals, higher shelter admissions, higher kill rates, lower compliance with licensing and rabies vaccination laws, and radically increased costs for animal control. People become afraid to get pet licenses because proof of sterilization is required. They are afraid to go to a veterinarian for rabies shots or medical care because veterinarians are required to report them. People abandon their pets because they fear fines and penalties.
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http://www.dpca.org/Legisltv/documents/FailureOfMSN.pdf

San Mateo: After the effective date of the ordinance, dog deaths in the areas governed by the
ordinance, increased 126% and cats 86% while licenses declined by 35%.

• Since the passage of this 2000 “spay or pay” Los Angeles ordinance, there has been a
decline in dog licensing compliance. The animal control budget after passage of the law
rose 269%., from $6.7 million to $18 million. The city hired additional animal control

officers and bought new trucks and equipment just to enforce the new law.

Montgomery County, MD the mandatory spay/neuter law was repealed.
• When the law was enacted, it was estimated that 550 breeding permits would be
issued per year. In reality only an average of 30 permits were issued per year. There
was an estimated 50% decline in licensing compliance.

Fort Worth, TX ended its manadatory spay/neuter program.
• licensing compliance fell off after passage of the ordinance. As a result there was a
reduction in rabies vaccinations which lead to an increase in rabies in the city.
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It looks like a no win for the city/county who passes the law.

There's a drop in revenue due to the drop in licenses purchased, plus the AC budget increases. People are afraid of fines so they dump their animals at the shelter. Oh, and avoidance of rabies vaccinations.
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Thank you. I am busy gathering information.

I can not find the AVMA official statement on this issue??
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There is a mandatory spay/neuter ordinance in Los Angelas I believe. They have more strays now than before.
There isn't well I don't think there is.. I know some people with unaltered animals. I think you just need to register your dog with an agency or SEACCA or something to show the dog is yours and has all it shots.

I think it should be voluntary.There are people who are idiots with altered dogs and unaltered dogs.
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Thank you. I am busy gathering information.

I can not find the AVMA official statement on this issue??
This?
"The Animal Welfare Committee recommended the changes to the policy, which reads, in part, as follows: "The AVMA does not support regulations or legislation mandating spay/neuter of privately owned, non-shelter dogs and cats. Although spaying and neutering helps control dog and cat populations, mandatory approaches may contribute to pet owners avoiding licensing, rabies vaccination and veterinary care for their pets, and may have other unintended consequences."
AVMA: Mandatory spay/neuter a bad idea


Here is the policy on population control.
http://www.avma.org/issues/policy/an...on_control.asp
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There isn't well I don't think there is.. I know some people with unaltered animals. I think you just need to register your dog with an agency or SEACCA or something to show the dog is yours and has all it shots.

I think it should be voluntary.There are people who are idiots with altered dogs and unaltered dogs.
I think the year after the law was put into effect, the amount of owner turn-ins tripled. I read that a long time ago. Of course, that meant thousands of dogs to euthanize.
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thanks for the info!
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