Eileen Stein Posted July 21, 2007 Report Share Posted July 21, 2007 This came up obliquely on another thread, and IronHorse suggested there that it might deserve a thread of its own. I think it does. From being involved in opposing AB 1634, the proposed state-wide spay/neuter bill in CA, I've come to realize that the whole issue has more facets than I originally thought. It has been something of an eye-opener for me. (Opposing the CA bill itself was a no-brainer -- it would have allowed high-volume puppymillers to keep their dogs intact and breeding, for example, and would for the most part have prevented the breeding of working stockdogs, and was one of the most badly-written bills I've ever seen. But could there be such a thing as a good mandatory spay/neuter bill? What would it say?) The question I'm posing in this thread is not whether people should spay/neuter their dogs, or whether people should be encouraged to spay/neuter their dogs (although those questions may not be as clear-cut as they at first appear). The question is whether the law should require people to spay/neuter their dogs -- IOW, should be it be a crime to have an intact dog? There are lots of things that are generally good (stopping to help victims of road accidents? community service?) which are not required by law, and there are lots of things that are generally bad (eating junk food? smoking?) which are not criminalized. Some of the reasons for not criminalizing bad things are (1) concern about infringing personal liberty, (2) concern that the costs will outweigh the benefits, and (3) concern about unintended consequences. An example of the third is the fact that some localities which have enacted MSN (mandatory spay/neuter) have later repealed the law when they found a sharp drop in the number of dog licenses purchased and a drop in rabies vaccination, apparently because people chose to keep their dogs under the radar and out of "the system" rather than be compelled to neuter them. So . . . any thoughts? Politely expressed, of course. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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