Saturday, October 15, 2011

Update - hearings regarding Chula Vista MSN

Despite record low shelter numbers, and over ten thousand dogs per year brought in to San Diego County from Mexico, the City of Chula Vista has drafted a mandatory spay/neuter ordinance.
Public hearings will be held on the City of Chula Vista's proposed mandatory spay/neuter law. They will be taking questions. The law has "exemptions" for breeders.
Chula Vista City Hall
276 Fourth Ave.
(Fourth and F St)
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Monday   October 17 @ 6 pm
Thursday October 20 @ 1 pm
Saturday October 29 @ 9 am
If you live in San Diego County please make sure to attend.
We all know the reasons why mandatory spay/neuter laws are terrible, but perhaps the Chula Vista City officials are unaware of the serious problems spawned by such punitive ordinances. This is our opportunity as knowledgable dog experts to educate them on the issue.
  • MSN laws drive up shelter numbers.
  • More people will drop out of the licensing system.
  • Noncompliance with rabies vaccination and licensing creates a public health risk.
  • Mainstream animal welfare groups who OPPOSE MSN -  
    • American Veterinary Medical Association
    • American Humane Association
    • Best Friends Animal Society
    • The American Kennel Club
    • Alley Cat Allies
    • the ASPCA
    • American College of Theriogenologists
    • American Dog Owners Association
    • California Federation of Dog Clubs
    • American Herding Breed Association
    • National Organization of Dog Obedience Instructors
    • International Association of Canine Professionals
    • California Responsible Pet Owners Coalition
    • Concerned Dog Owners of California
    • Save Our Dogs
  • Mandatory spay/neuter has been a failure wherever it has been tried
  • The vast majority of owned animals are already sterilized. Voluntary collaborative educational efforts are working. Punitive laws will reverse this success.
  • Feral cats are more than half of all shelter intakes. Their numbers will not be reduced by any mandatory spay/neuter law. If anything, feral cat caretakers will be fearful to participate in TNR programs for fear of facing penalties and fines.
  • Spaying and neutering can produce many serious adverse health effects. Sterilization should be a decision between an owner and his veterinarian, and not mandated by government officials. 

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