Spay and Neuter

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Spay and Neuter – 7 December 2006

Spaying and neutering animals is good for animals and for people. There are many reasons for this. The obvious one is that it prevents the pain and abuse suffered by unwanted animals, whether they are “strays” or not.

It is amazing how in this day and age there are people who are so irresponsible that they refuse to have their “pets” spayed or neutered. I still see those ads in the paper that should have gone out of existence long ago: “Free puppies (or kittens) to good home.” Are some people so naïve that they offer these innocent creatures to others who will see their ad and call? Who knows what these animals will be used for? There are all kinds of weirdoes out there, and they don’t wear a sign proclaiming the fact.

Then there are “religious” people who let their companion animals proliferate, refusing to have them spayed or neutered. I have even offered to pay for the spaying and neutering and was shocked when my offer was refused. It doesn’t make any sense. It is one thing for humans to refuse to curtail their own reproduction on religious grounds; but to allow their animals to reproduce when they themselves eat animals and don’t even believe that animals have souls or rights of any sort – I find that totally illogical, to say the least.

I was glad when the Postal Department came out with a Spay and Neuter stamp. That was a step in the right direction. There are groups working very hard to end the horrible suffering of strays in other countries by promoting spaying and neutering. These people deserve lots of support and encouragement for actually doing something about this problem.

"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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