I talked a little about dogs in our society before, but now the issue has to be discussed because of another law that might be passed in California. In case you have not heard, mandatory neutering might be instituted in California following the great success of an ordinance in Santa Cruz.
The pet world is a complicated one, and unless you have loved a pet it is hard to express the feelings stirred by the fur balls we share our lives with. We own this animals, but more than property they are part of our lives. My Mom used my dog to illustrate the level of compassion I had inside since I was willing to sleep on the floor when I brought him home for two nights. I don`t think I have ever slept on the floor again but I did not mind doing it to make the puppy feel safe.
My first thought about the law is that is going to punish the wrong people. The second one was that less and less pets are going to be registered for fear of the $500 fine if you fail to fix your pet before they are six months. They are however exempting register breeders, but mutts for the most part don`t have a place in the new dog society.
I have been wanting to talk about Michael Vick story and his involvement with dog fighting. He ended up not being indicted and while I know little about that horrible world, I had hoped that someone turned the story into something more positive. Would a law like this really stop the dog fighting industry that seems to be growing every year?
The next group that I would like to see stopped is puppy mills. They are the “bastages” that abuse dogs just to turn a profit. Maybe not as horrible as dog fighting, but pretty close on how they think of animals as just objects that are there for our amusement. I seriously doubt that puppy mills would be stopped by any law since they are already breaking laws.
The last group I mentioned is the cat lady that keeps on taking in cats until there is a ridiculous amount of them inside her place. The animals end up living in a environment that does not provide them with much of a life anyway.
So who is this going to target then? surely not responsible owners that already know the benefits of neutering. Then again, why would a responsible owner care if they already do it?
How is this going to be enforced? does this mean that big brother now also cares about what animals we have?
I think any time that the government steps in to help us is taking away from personal responsibility. We should do the right thing because of our morals and not because there is a rule, law or a fine waiting for us. I think mutts are some of the coolest dogs out there, but I think this law would do nothing but supposedly lower the percentage of animals that have to be disposed of because of irresponsible breeding. I am not sure how you guys feel about pets, I personally feel that the this law is more about revenue than really doing much for animals themselves.