Comments on Mandatory Pet Spay-Neuter Bills Filed in Texas

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julie   Rockwall, TX

8/31/2009 1:06:52 PM

Wonderful idea

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Jeff   Frisco, TX

5/20/2009 10:44:16 AM

Most of the articles I have seen on this bill focus on two things: requirements for adopted animals and the impact on breeders. I opposed this bill, but for different reasons.


Regarding adoption, I agree with the changes to chapter 828 proposed in this bill, but really it just clarifies rules already in place. The real impact is the addition of chapter 830 which requires people to sterilize animals they already own or obtain from any source, unless they are willing to pay a $300 fee. I think if the state funded free or cheap sterilization and left the choice to the owner, the amount of unwanted offsrping would decline
significantly.

Regarding negative impact to breeders, I think this argument is exactly backwards. This bill will help breeders, and to me that is a bad thing. If individuals are discouraged from owning unaltered animals, then just about the only place to aquire them will be from breeders. Breeders tend to focus on so-called "pure" breeds, and that practice restricts the natural flow of genes and produces inbred animals that are much more susceptible to defects and disease.


Read the current law
here:
http://www.statutes.legis. state.tx.us/SOTWDocs/HS/htm/HS.828.htm
and the proposed changes
here:
http://www.capitol.state.tx. us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=81R&Bill=HB4277

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Manny   San Antonio, TX

4/21/2009 7:48:08 PM

Poor people do have options for spaying and neutering their pets. Please look into these programs like SNAP. They also offer low or free shots and neutering. They even have a mobile clinic. People just need to be informed in order to take action. I beleive we have horrible pet population where thousands of cats and dog are killed every year. This number could be greatly reduced if people would spay and neuter their pets. And stating that poor don't have options is so untrue. I hope the bill passes.

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Andy   Terrell, TX

4/5/2009 7:13:30 AM

To everyone that thinks this law is great you should read the entire bill itself. Yes there are puppy mills out there and this will not correct it in any way. Furthermore this will more than likely increase them due to people going black market to bypass these laws. Responsible breeders are being punished along with all the bad individuals who do not care about doing what is right for the animal. There is no way a responsible breeders, such myself, can afford these outrageous fees and maintain a kennel with USDA fees, quality feeds, quality vaccines and medications, regular vet visits, registration fees, certifications, and utilities. If we were to survive with neighboring states being unregulated in the same manner, these fee would be passed on to the consumer and no one but the rich could afford a pet. With fewer and fewer pets, your pet food, vet care, and other services would greatly increase. While I do believe that there should some regulator means in the state, this bill goes WAY TO FAR.

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Ruth   Kramer, ND

3/30/2009 10:03:50 PM

What sort of nut dreamt up this nonsense. Do you know how many poor people would not be able to afford even a mutt pet, because they can't afford to neuter them or pay the $300. fee to not neuter them. So.... fine them $500...take the kids pet away or put the parents in jail. I'd think any state's legislature has better things to do than make life miserable for pet lovers. Leave this kind of thing to local jurisdiction.If this goes through, I wonder just what they will try to regulate next.

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WB   Waco, TX

3/26/2009 9:13:54 PM

Mandatory Spay/Neutering of rescue animals is one thing; taxing law abiding owner's of purebred animals $300 a pet for a right they already
have?
How are they going to enforce this? They won't get the abuser of mixed breed animals; they will go after the legitimate breeder that pays his taxes, follows zoning codes, and protects his/her breed. This is the worst example of bad legislation, greedy
legislators.
State legislators can't fix education, healthcare, or pork barrel spending; why do we want these politicians pretending to solve a problem with pure breeds that doesn't exist? The loving people for this bill should be taxed $300 each to support rescue/spaying of mix breeds, regardless of the state they live in. Then they can talk about a cruel world in earnest.

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Kam   San Antonio, TX

3/22/2009 7:14:58 PM

This bill (or bills) are a bad idea for so many reasons. It's not just about breeding, either - what about those who's chosen sport or show requires a dog to be intact to compete? I train for Mondioring, for example, a European ringsport recently brought to this country. In order to compete at the international level, my dog must remain intact. Now, if he's good enough to trial internationally, he is probably good enough to breed, but that doesn't mean I'm going to breed
him.

Plus, think about enforcement and the pile of taxpayer dollars it would take to enforce this legislation.


Adoption and/or spay and neuter are best for most, but not for all..

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Kay   Lampasas, TX

3/19/2009 2:44:40 AM

I see that some of Obama's Democrats have come
home
to roost in Texas and are trying to stir up trouble with our pets now. Handling pets should be left up to the local counties not the State of Texas. Not all pet owners are bad and should not be forced by government to attend to the pet population; maybe this is a way to completely get rid of all our pets......are chickens, horses, cows, next?

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

3/18/2009 11:34:16 PM

Bad idea. Too much legislation. I think people should be allowed to breed their animals if they so wish.

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lala   salinas, CA

3/18/2009 10:25:21 PM

Great idea. I still cant understand why breeders would want to keep on bring more pups into this cruel world. So many adorable already here that are suffering either getting euthanize or getting abused, being in that cold cage not knowing what there destiny is. If you are a loving breeder you will pay the 300 instead of making a living out of these pets. you go Texas.

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lee   n haven, CT

3/18/2009 8:39:08 PM

interesings idea

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C   p, PA

3/18/2009 6:06:59 PM

This is awesome! I want to propose this for all the puppy milling states. I live in one, and its horrible. I was just talking about something like this last year. I want this proposed for STATEWIDE passing!!!!!!! I hope it goes through. There is no reason unless you are a breeder that does showing, ect. to keep your dog/cat/ect. intact! Way to go texas! Now if only they would revise their statewide issue with ferrets!

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Kristen   Somewhere, GA

3/18/2009 1:46:23 PM

This is so stupid. Anyone that votes for this doesn't care anything about keeping pets here at all. If EVERY dog and cat is spayed or neutered, where are we going to be thirty years from now?!? Who's even going to have any pets anymore?!? This is very irresponsible and cruel, they shouldn't pass it. I don't know if this counts for breeders too because it was just talking about adoption agencies, but if it does, shame on them! Responsible breeders work EXTREMELY hard to get better and better dogs, and these people are just going to pass a bill and take those peoples' pride and joy all away from them?!? They should be very ashamed.

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ruby   park forest, IL

3/18/2009 9:16:50 AM

everyone has their opinions and I think they are doing this to reduce the pet overpopulation. I dont think that these huge fines are the best way to go though

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Karen   Littleton, CO

3/18/2009 8:33:23 AM

If all dogs and cats are spayed/castrated, breeding laws get more and more stringent, exactly where is the next generation of pets going to come from???!!!

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julie   lewiston, ME

3/18/2009 6:27:07 AM

good idea. there are enough unwanted, uncared for pets in this world.

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