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How secure are you this 2016 election year?  Animal Rights legislation may seem like a thing of the past but it is quietly at work in America as in Spay-Neuter VA





Virginia Considers Mandatory Spay/Neuter Bill!


In January 16, 2006 alerted readers to a new Animal Rights bill proposed in Virginia wherein all dogs and cats acquired from dealers, hobby breeders, pet shops and adoption agencies would have to be sterilized and micro-chipped. Sponsored by Sen. W. Roscoe Reynolds, S55 defined a "dealer" as any person who sells or transfers companion animals but as a vote-saver, it excluded rescue groups.


In 2016, not much has changed even though the mandatory spay-neuter bill did not pass.  Today we have the Virginia Federation Of Humane Societies which makes no bones about its goal, stating "By spaying or neutering your pet, you may be giving your pet the gift of a healthier and happier life..." 

Dogs see into the human soul. Does he trust you?  Does he fear Animal Rights groups, spay/neuter and Limit laws?That statement is debatable as the NetPlaces Network has shown time and time again that hormones are what keeps all of us healthy.  If your pet had any say in the matter, he or she would definitely reject the hysterectomy and castration surgery.  In fact this spay-neuter information section makes the risks abundantly clear. Can you look into your dog's soul as he looks into yours and know you did the right thing by removing organs that keep him happy and healthy?


We can not dispute the site's claim that "spaying or neutering your pet will also ensure that your pet does not contribute to the pet overpopulation problem by producing unwanted litters of puppies or kittens."


The 2006 VA Spay-Neuter bill did NOT exclude "hobby breeders" which it defines as one who breeds and places one litter per year.  S55 generously permitted the sale of intact animals to anyone who agreed to "sterilize the pet within 30 days" and to any "hobby breeder" who agrees to spay or neuter the animal after one breeding. There were no exceptions for serious "fancier breeders" or "breed improvers," defined elsewhere in the bill, who maintain responsible breeding programs, take care to place their animals in responsible homes, or who may keep intact animals for the purpose of participating in conformation or performance events.

S55 also goes on to require that dealers obtain a $150 annual business license. Dealers could not advertise their services without a valid business license, and the license number would have to be included in any newspaper advertisements. Violations of any portion of the licensing requirement would be fined $1,000.

Because no objective studies have ever been done to look at pet population concerns in Virginia, it is difficult to ascertain what, if any, problems the state may be facing, yet bills like S55 continue to be introduced. If pet population issues are indeed a concern in Virginia, then AKC believes a task force should be formed to address this issue, with input from members of various animal organizations, including purebred dog breeders. Such a study group should explore the expansion of public education campaigns to teach communities about responsible pet ownership. It should also review the many reasons why animals are relinquished to shelters, including animal behavior problems, an owner moving or having a child, or a poor breed match for an owner's lifestyle.

S55 is confusing, ineffective legislation that will be impossible for animal control departments to track and enforce. We asked TheDogPlace Charter Members to oppose this bill!

What You Can Do:
S55 has not yet been assigned to committee. Dog owners are therefore urged to contact the bill sponsor and express your opposition.

This is a current resource on Consolidated Virginia Dog Law 

Residents should also contact their own Senator with their concerns. Find out who represents you in Virginia.

For more information, contact: 

The Virginia Federation of Dog Clubs and Breeders

AKC's Canine Legislation department 919-816-3720, doglaw@akc.orgg

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