Friday, January 23, 2009

FL- Proposed House Bill HB451 Mandatory Spay/Neuter for dogs and cats and Licensing of Cats

Proposed HB 451
Is a MANDATORY spay/neuter bill and also requires the licensing of cats.

Page 2, Lines 31-35 make false health claims. This bill claims that spaying and neutering have "positive effects, including decreased aggression and temperament problems; reduced risk of cancer;" While the risk of certain cancers is reduced, the risk of other cancers has been shown to increase. Early sterilization dose not provide the body with the proper hormones for full development. Studies are now coming out that are proving an increase in certain cancers as a result. This broad and general statement is misleading to the point where it gives the public a false sense that their dog or cat will not suffer from cancer, where in fact they are more likely to suffer from cancer than if they were spayed or neutered at 12 months of age.

Behavior problems are widespread and have little to do with spaying and neutering. In today's society, most pet dogs are spayed or neutered, yet owners still seek dog trainers to address behavior problems.

Sterilization at 4 months of age (12 weeks) is dangerous to the growth and development of dogs and cats and laws such as these clearly demonstrate lawmakers lack of canine development.

It is proven that dogs that are spayed and neutered at young ages grow longer than dogs and cats that are spayed after physical development has occurred. Dogs are not reproductively viable until 6 months of age, and growth slows down at 5 months of age so 12 weeks is excessive and dangerous to the health of dogs and cats.

Take action now. If you are not a resident of FL- you should still contact your US Congressmen/women and US House Representative and let them know you are concerned with the laws being proposed around the country.

1 comment:

Acadia Shelties said...

Please consider a Florida (Human) Population Policy because current rates of human population growth is not sustainable
Dear Florida House Representatives,
It is refreshing to see that elected officials are willing to acknowledge that mandated sterilization is a way to reduce population. Line20 states that this overpopulation problem is “simple” to prevent through mandatory spay/neuter. I am writing to urge you to use this same “simple” approach to end the TRUE overpopulation problem- I look forward to future bills that mandate human sterilization as well. I am sure that these views may appear as radical at the moment, but so did the notion of “Animal Rights” a few decades ago. It is good that you are embracing the notion that overpopulation may in fact be what the problem is (as opposed to something else, like human irresponsibility and abandonment).
If you are using animal shelter euthanasia rates as a measure of dog and cat “overpopulation”, then please look at the Florida Department of Child and Families and the Florida Department of Corrections for a measure of human overpopulation.
Because euthanizing humans is murder, our great nation is faced with ever increasing incarceration rates and unwanted children entering State Welfare systems. The most logical way to end this trend is through mandatory sterilization. The National Data Analysis System reports for the Florida Department of Children and Families that over 20,000 children a year enter their system. According to their records, the State of Florida (in 2005) had 4,067,877 children under the age of 18 and the number of children in “out-of-Home care (on 9/30/05) was 29,312 children. Your State’s adoption rates are alarmingly low – only 3,019 children where adopted through a public agency. Additionally, the number of children who have died as a result of abuse or neglect is on the rise. Actually, the number of people who fall into the statics kept by this agency is steadily rising as human population increases.
An alarmingly high rate (17.7%) of all children under the age of 18 live below the poverty line in the State of Florida. While it may seem insensitive, mandatory sterilization of these children is a good place to start. Statistics have shown that these children are more likely to have children at younger ages and produce a greater number of children in their lifetime. They are also more likely to contribute to the aggression and incarceration rate which is ever increasing in this country.
Is your proposed bill (HB 451- line33) suggests that sterilization leads to a decrease in aggression. If you have science to back this up, then sterilization of young boys may reduce the crime rate, ultimately reducing incarceration rates, and of course (as HB 45 line 25) states, boys can impregnate many females.
Unwanted and aggressive people are a drain on our society and merely contribute to the overconsumption of available resources, please, I urge you to consider adding humans to HB 451.

Thank you,