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
MANDATORY SPAY NEUTER BILL
Virginia Considers Mandatory Spay/Neuter Bill!
In January 16, 2006 TheDogPlace.org 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..."
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 Spayva.org 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
"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.
This is a current resource on Consolidated Virginia Dog Law
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rreference: AKC website: www.akc.org/news/index.cfm?article_id=2765
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