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Is it ethical to sterilize an animal?


Animal abandonment situation in Spain

In Spain, more than 300,000 thousand animals are abandoned each year , dogs, cats, ferrets, guinea pigs, rabbits, etc… As in cases of abuse, Spain is one of the European countries with the highest numbers of animals collected in the streets . Surely in these years that figure has been reduced, but it is still so high that it represents a very serious problem of overpopulation. The municipal kennels are saturated, however, this problem does not seem to worry many administrations that do not invest in preventive measures or in campaigns to reduce abandonment, for example, promoting sterilization , even creating subsidy channels so that everyone who wants to sterilize your animal and do not have the necessary financial means to do so.

The figure of the protectors

As the kennels are saturated or to prevent many animals from being euthanized, the protectors take care of many homeless animals wandering the streets , they do so without any help from the town halls, they survive thanks to the contribution of private individuals who are associated by contributing some financial help , but above all to their selfless work. Thanks to this work, many animals have a second chance. From these entities it has been claimed, for many years, that the solution is sterilization , they are aware of the problem, they live it daily. However, to date there are no sterilization campaigns by the administrations, they ignore one of the solutions that would significantly reduce dropouts.

Some veterinary clinics are aware of the importance that animals do not breed in an uncontrolled way and organize sterilization campaigns reducing the prices of surgery, thus being more affordable for many people. It cannot be ignored that there are people with low economic resources who are aware of the benefits of sterilization, but cannot have access to this veterinary service.

Deciding to sterilize our animal is an act of responsibility

There are many people who think that it is an aberration and unethical to sterilize animals . However, they are not scandalized by the situation of municipal kennels in Spain. Places where the vast majority of those animals that were born as a result of the irresponsibility of those responsible and were later abandoned arrive. They live poorly overcrowded in cages, unhealthy places where they receive little cleaning or veterinary care for the sick or injured . Many will not find families to adopt them, their hopes end there, after the legal deadlines, an average of 10 days, if they are not adopted, they are given no other option, they go directly to “death row” . Thousands of animals are slaughtered in our country, their only crime is to have been born. Some Spanish kennels are true extermination camps . Is it more ethical to kill than to sterilize?

Sterilization saves lives

There is no doubt that sterilization saves lives , if we prevent puppies from being born, which will grow up and stop being funny, their maintenance will be more expensive than expected, vacations will come, a change of address, or any other excuse, without a doubt those animals will be dropouts. In some Autonomous Communities they reflect in their animal protection laws that the animals that are adopted are delivered sterilized , for example, Law 4/0216 of the Community of Madrid that says in its Article 21:

(…) The adoption will be carried out with all the mandatory treatments up to date and prior identification and sterilization of the animal (…)

However, it is missing that breeding between individuals is not prohibited , being an important part of the overpopulation in our country.

The conclusion is simple, if the birth rate is not controlled, dropouts are not reduced.

It is important to consult with the veterinarian

It is important to consult with our regular veterinarian so that he can explain the benefits of sterilization, as a health care professional for our animal, he will provide us with all the information about the surgery and will solve all our doubts about the typical myths and legends about sterilization , some examples :

  • Sterilized animals gain weight.
  • It changes their character.
  • The females have to have a litter once in their life.
  • It is a complicated and risky surgery.

But, above all, they will inform us of the benefits for your health:

  • End the stress problem in jealousy.
  • Improve your character.
  • Reduction in the risk of diseases.
  • Improve your quality of life.

According to a publication in the “American Journal of Veterinarian Research” (American Journal of Veterinary Research), the longevity of a neutered animal increases in males by 24% (dogs) and 36% (cats). In females it increases by 20% (dogs) and 40% (cats). Sterilization is also health for our animals.

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