When I looked at this topic, I knew I was going to pick "yes," but after reading some of the responses, I understand the other side's point. Animals naturally reproduce. But I think that animals need to be spayed/neutered because there are already too many unwanted animals that live on the streets. There are possibilities that the animals could be hit by cars or abused by someone. It is partially our fault that it came down to spaying and neutering. We built houses over where they could live, and we domesticated them, so we have to take care of them. It is hard for animals shelters to keep up with all of the homeless animals. Spaying and neutering can also reduce chances of animals getting certain diseases. Yes, they could become extinct, but there are still pet breeders out there. I just think a regular pet owner that doesn't want to have more puppies, kitties, etc., should get their pet spayed/neutered. I love animals so much, and I want them to be safe. If it comes down to spaying and neutering them, then so be it. I don't want to endanger any species, I just don't like the idea of an animal living their whole life in pain. Alone, hungry, cold, and sad. But for pet owners who are willing to take care of more pets, I would recommend adopting an animal from an animal shelter rather than breeding your pets. Once there aren't any more homeless animals, I think that spaying and neutering would not be necessary.
Most animals should be spayed or neutered at some point in their lives. Spaying and Neutering is especially necessary for stray cats and dogs. This practice helps to control the pet population, and helps avoid having massive amounts of uncared for stray animals. These stray animals tend to live short horrible lives on the street, or end up in shelters that half of the time put down the animal if they are not adopted. So instead of this it is best to control their population.
For the most part, animals need to be spayed and neutered. I understand having some to continue to breed to have quality pets, but there are so many strays out there that have been bred and crossed with so many other breeds, one would never know what is in its line. It's healthier to have a pet spayed or neutered and would help cut down on over population of animals in this country.
I cannot support the contention that all domestic animals ought be spayed or neutered. In particular there is no need to spay/neuter males, as they are not the bottleneck through which births happen. However, some applications of animals require behavior control attained through neutering or spaying. Hence they ought be spayed or neutered, else they will not be useful as domestic animals.
Neglected animals simply create an unnecessary burden on our society. Taking care of too many animals creates economic and emotional hardships. Instead of focusing on breeding animals, we need to focus on taking care of humans. Pets are nice to have, but when pet populations get out of control, it's time to do something different.
It makes me laugh when I hear people say that animals are just important as humans. Are you actually even saying that? Does that mean if some random person was infront of you and some random animal and you were being forced to kill one of them your very first thought wouldn't be to kill the animal? Humans have to come first. We have to control the over population of cats and dogs and stop the spread of disease and killings in pounds.
Humans should be spayed or neutered just like pets to control population. As soon as we get dog and cat population down we can taper off; we can also taper off human spaying and neutering when population gets under, let's say, 4 billion. We should also develop machinery that can do more of the manual labour so that the remaining population can work only 20 hours per week on average.
All my cats are not altered and they are very happy and healthy and as I do not own any male cats I do not have problems with reproducing. If all animals were altered they would soon become extinct. Responsibilty in keeping your pets indoors if you cannot have any pregnancies is necessary.
Responsible ownership is all that is necessary in preventing unwanted litters. I do not believe in operating on an animal to correct or prevent behavioural problems. Animals need their sex hormones to mature naturally both physically and mentally. If you cant handle an animal in its natural state, dont own an animal.
All medical research is inconclusive as to if neutering actually helps the health or well being of the dog. Neutering before 2 years harms the dogs full development (i.E. Puberty in humans). To neuter to stop behavioral issues is selfish. Just train your dog properly. Don't let them mark on things. Don't leave them outside without a proper fence or a leash. Don't have a male and female in the house that aren't spayed or neutered. Most of the overpopulation is humans' faults. We are not God, and animals were not created without their reproductive organs. Who are we to remove them?
The thing with many people who say yes is that their basis is a bit selfish. Who are you to decide whether another organism should be mutilated so they don't reproduce? That's trying to play God.
A mirror should be held to society; if we are neutering and spaying pets to control their population then why don't we do the same for humans? Overpopulation would eventually become a problem for our species as well. Sure lots of pets are suffering out there, but in this aspect, I wonder--what about the humans that are suffering every day in impoverished countries? Many people are starving but we aren't willing to cut down on our population. So I'm thinking, why try to control animal populations? Humans aren't better than animals. Why don't we neuter and spay them with no respect for their regards on the matter to cut down overpopulation? As much as I'd love having animals as pets, they are LIVING BEINGS not objects for you to manipulate when they start to hinder you.
I dont think animals should be spayed or neutered, they should live as they would live natural lives. If you're getting and bringing an animal in your life, they should bring the whole animal with them. Why deny one part of there life , one part from them? If you accept an animal, accept them with all that they come with, and not deny one part of there there existence.
It is not ok for humans to be spayed/nuterd for any reason. If people were spayed we would have a lot of people pissed off cause they could not have kids. Women need to take birth control and guys need to wear a condom that's why there here to prevent pregnancy
First off you are deforming the poor kitty or dog, also lots of beloved pets die from the procedure or afterwards because of an infection, no one keeps records of the number of cases where a pet dies do to spayed and neutered because it would shock pet lovers everywhere.
Why would you do such a thing to them its not right to take away their ability to fall in love or reproduce. I dont own pets, but if i did i would love them to live long but i want the live free they way they wish. Talking about neutering why not neuter humans too it will prevent less diseases, less poverty, less homeless ppl, less orphans, and less crime. Ppl fear more of getting hurt by other humans then a cat or a dog. You have got to think about it.
If pets don't reproduce we wont be able to own one, and if that is so important why not get humans neutered instead. Lol the human population of higher then pets. The animal doesn't even have say in this. I just think its unfair for them. I don't own a pet but i would definitely not neuter it
Like most things, black and white doesn't work to answer a question. Stray dogs and cats should be fixed yes, but if I am a responsible pet owner and know castrated dogs have a 4 times greater risk of developing prostate cancer than intact animals. Spayed or neutered dogs also have a 1.5 to 3 times greater chance of developing bladder cancer, then I want to have the right to not fix my pet but still be allowed to have them in daycare. In five years my dog has never had an incident and its frustrating when I can't have my dog in daycare.