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Old 10-11-2008, 12:10 PM
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I agree with it being a bad idea. Many breeds aren't AKC recognized, many parent clubs of AKC breeds don't want their members' dogs involved with AKC - take stock dog border collies and earth dog JRTs for some more common breeds. A lot of breeds working in protection venues aren't registered, some aren't even purebred. Also, registration in any organization doesn't in any way reflect quality.

I also don't want to b e forced to sterilize my pets. There are health benefits and there are health risks associated with it, and it's a decision to be made between me and my vet.

The time spent trying to find legislative ways to combat substandard breeding practices would be better spent educating potential buyers on what to look for.
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Old 10-11-2008, 02:44 PM
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Forced sterilization is hardly a "little idea"!!

WAY too intrusive and as others have stated it would be the death of many legitimate non-registered breeds, including working lines of breeds that are otherwise recognized but the working lines are not registered.

Ranches in the Western U.S. and elsewhere strongly depend upon their working line dogs! Even though they are from recognized breeds, these working dogs are not registered with kennel clubs. Most would NOT make good pets but they are tireless workers as ranch hands.

"Mandatory" sterilization would not stop breeding of these dogs because the economic consequences to ranches would be devastating. If allowed to affect these ranchers, the general public WOULD begin to feel those consequences as well. (You wanna pay $50 per lb. for meat because ranchers are forced to find other, more expensive means of herding and guarding their stock?)

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I do not agree with forced sterilization under any circumstances.
What business does the government have telling me what I can and cannot do with my property?
What is next? Book burning? No red automobiles?
^^^ Agree ... oh what, about 150%

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Maybe the government could offer some sort of incentive for dog altering?
City and municipal governments in many areas already do. Licensing laws in those areas offer reduced yearly fees for licensing of altered dogs as opposed to intact. Sometimes differences in amounts can be staggering, such as $25 yearly to license an altered dog as opposed to $250 yearly for intact dogs. Such laws may make sense in big cities with free-roaming dog problems, but not in rural areas with many working dogs. Just another example of how the very same laws do NOT work everywhere.

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Like what breeds? And what about the parent clubs?? (I don't know a whole lot about all that stuff...)
^^^^ ... and this is exactly the problem ... People screaming "there oughta be a law!" when they are woefully uninformed.

A good example would be that extremely short-sighted can't-see-beyond-my-own-little-corner-of-the-world person who suggested that "little idea" to you in the first place.
Please inform that person.
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Old 10-11-2008, 02:52 PM
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City and municipal governments in many areas already do. Licensing laws in those areas offer reduced yearly fees for licensing of altered dogs as opposed to intact. Sometimes differences in amounts can be staggering, such as $25 yearly to license an altered dog as opposed to $250 yearly for intact dogs. Such laws may make sense in big cities with free-roaming dog problems, but not in rural areas with many working dogs. Just another example of how the very same laws do NOT work everywhere.
Mmmm...$250 a year for licensing?!? I don't call that an incentive plan, I call that forced sterilization. Consider the small scale quality breeder who maybe has four, five, six intact dogs. Now you're talking at least $1000 a year. Many of them can't afford that when compared to $100 if they're sterilized.

What makes sense is educating and outreach. More low-cost spay/neuter options. Around here, I can get a male neutered for something around $50.00 I'm not sure what a female costs.
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I don't call that an incentive plan, I call that forced sterilization.
Well technically it's not "forced" sterilization ... if you can come up with cash then you can keep intact dogs. But let's call a shovel a shovel ... what it is in reality is a tax penalty for keeping intact dogs. Further, the actual effect of such laws is less overall compliance with licensing. That's why I don't favor such "incentive" plans either.

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What makes sense is educating and outreach. More low-cost spay/neuter options.
Exactly ... but especially on the low-cost options. Education alone doesn't do it ... people respond to options that have a positive effect on their wallets.
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Old 10-11-2008, 03:37 PM
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I would say "feck you" if someone wanted to make that a law.

I love border collies -the working border collie- and I will never buy a BC from an AKC show breeder. There are plenty of reputable breeders who choose other registries for their working bred dogs.
Plus, I'm not a fan of being forced to do anything, especially when it comes to how I take care of my dogs. Two equally responsible, caring dog owners can have a great deal of difference with how they take care of their dogs.
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The government just needs to keep its nasty, greedy, lying, sneaking nose out of my dogs. Period.

This kind of crap, like BSL, is just a pandering - and, sadly, a largely successful attempt to keep our attention elsewhere rather than on the sh1t that's really going on.
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Old 10-11-2008, 04:02 PM
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Right on, Renee.

It is not about dogs.

It is all about property rights.
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Old 10-11-2008, 04:26 PM
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We do need to find some other way of couching that though, because while it's the absolute truth, it sounds very harsh and sterile, which is NOT the way to combat the touchy-feely emotional propaganda the other side is using. We all know that our dogs mean more to us than we can properly say. But when you start throwing "property rights" around in terms of our rights to our dogs, you give people the impression your dogs mean as much to you as a motorcycle would.

(I'm squaring off with some anti-dock/crop people right now and this is what I'm getting from them.)
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Old 10-11-2008, 04:29 PM
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The moment dogs graduate from being property we are all sunk.

They don't have to like it, but it is a fact. I OWN my dog, just like I own my van, my clothing, my shoes, etc.

It has NOTHING to do with dogs. It is about MY RIGHTS. This means this type of legislation will have trickle down effect on everyone, even people who don't want to show or breed dogs as a hobby.

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Old 10-11-2008, 04:34 PM
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What Zoomer's saying is that we have to dress it up for these numbnutz. The other side is going for the mindless, emotional, knee jerk reaction and no amount of rational, logical, intelligent information and logic is going to penetrate the impact that has, so WE have to devise tactics that will appeal to and break through that segment of the populace.
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