Our last, best hope

It was not until I became involved in animal rescue nearly a decade ago that I became aware of the pet overpopulation problem and the staggering number of animals killed behind closed doors every day.

Now that I am aware of it, I have come to embrace the idea of mandatory spay/neuter, as I believe it is our last and best hope for finding a solution to the pet surplus.

I realize that many breeders oppose this ordinance, and decry it as an attack on “their rights”; but I strongly suspect that they are being disingenuous, and their true concern is not for anyone’s rights, or even the well-being of their animals, but rather the well-being of their bank accounts. Their argument serves only to perpetuate our current, broken system; a system in which they win, but animals and taxpayers lose.

What we have here is a battle of ideologies. The old way of thinking—the way that maintains the status quo—is one that sees animals as mere commodities, valued only for the income they create or the social status they bring; and one in which the animals are subjugated to the whims, desires, and even caprice of their human masters.

The new way of thinking is one that sees companion animals as sentient beings who have intrinsic value in and of themselves—and to themselves—apart from what they contribute to our society.

It is vital that we comprehend that life is precious to every living creature, including domesticated dogs and cats. We must also acknowledge that government has a legitimate role in protecting the innocent from the excesses of narrow self-interest. And lastly, we must remain focused on what is genuinely in the best interest of the animals. Clearly, that is a long life free from the possibility of becoming another casualty of the pet surplus.

Until we have the courage to create a world for them in which they can live such a life, then the killing will continue indefinitely. Ultimately, the only way we can make a difference is to do for them what they cannot do for themselves: PRACTICE BIRTH CONTROL!

Dogs and cats have made the sacrifice for our indifference for far too long. The time has come for us to make the sacrifice for them. Mandatory spay/neuter may not solve all of our problems, but we owe it to them to give it a try. Please sign the petition to voice your support for these changes.

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