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Chicago moves to mandate sterilization

In Uncategorized on May 15, 2008 at 6:56 pm

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 After all, this is the same group of individuals that repealed a two-year ban on fois gras yesterday, almost unanimously.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.

  1. Brilliant idea — thanks for reporting on it.

  2. Besides spaying and neutering all animals, we also need to go after the owner of the dogs that allow their dogs to pack up on a woman and kill her.

    The sad part about this proposal is how are they going to enforce it? Gangbangers and backyard breeders are not going to pay attention to this law. Unfortunately, this law will affect responsible breeders who breed for the betterment of the breed. I kinder this idea to BSL. The law bidding citizens will have their animals removed where as the group the law was supposed to target have a nice underground of illegal dogs.

    Mandatory spay & neuter is great and I do support it…but the city also needs to make the owners of the dogs accountable for the dog’s actions. The owner of the pits that attacked the woman should have gone to jail and the dogs euthanized.

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