Two Chicago alderman introduced a measure yesterday that would require mandatory spay/neuter of pets within the city. Specifically, the measure states that: No person shall own harbor or keep within the city of Chicago a dog or cat over six months of ages which has not been sterilized. Them’s fighten’ words!
Let’s not kid ourselves—this isn’t about the Chicago City Council being animal friendly. After all, this is the same group of individuals that repealed a two-year ban on fois gras yesterday, almost unanimously. Nope, for the sponsoring alderman, this is about reducing dogfighting and canine aggression (a woman was attacked in April by five Pit Bulls that had gotten free). But we’ll take it. Because a wonderful “side effect” of mandatory spay/neuter is a reduction in the homeless pet population. Here’s to hoping Chicago joins Los Angeles at the forefront of this movement. Whether you rationalize it by saying it will reduce aggression, or argue that it’s a good thing because it will reduce the number of animals euthanized, either way it’s a good idea and one I’m definitely behind.