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L.A. Passes Spay/Neuter Ordinance!

Written by PETA | February 1, 2008

The mandatory spay/neuter ordinance, which I was talking up this week on the blog, passed today at the Van Nuys City Council meeting with a 10-1 vote! There is still one more vote to take place next week which will finalize it, but the decision will be made based on simple majority. According to my colleagues in LA who were at the meeting, there were hundreds of people in attendance, including Bob Barker who spoke on the importance of spaying and neutering. Boo-ya!

A huge thank you to everyone who has helped push this historic bill into law.

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  • Catherine says:

    Dallas Texas The Dallas City Council held its first public briefing about a mandatory spayneuter ordinance today. I think some the council people don’t get it! Others get it but don’t want to deal with the issue and then there are the few council people who are strong supporters. My council person is a woman who I usually agree with and admire unfortunately she appears to want to take a pass on this one. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I could persuade her and perhaps some of the other council people that this ordinance needs to be passed and soon. Does anyone have any website that have info on the positive impact these laws have had in controlling animal overpopulation in other communities. I need to get to my council person and the others by 625 next week when the vote is to be taken.

  • delilah says:

    Its unfortunate that this legislation does nothing to discourage pet stores from importing puppy mill dogs from other states. It will drive responsible breeders out of the area leaving pet stores with poor quality puppies raised in substandard conditions as the only remaining option for people looking for a puppy which is a worse option than buying from a byb. If lawmakers would focus on the larger issue puppy mills they could greatly reduce pet overpopulation by eliminating the worst offenders puppy mills and pet stores.

  • Maya, C.V.T. says:

    Hi Kelly! That’s so true one of the shelters I worked at also did not spay neuter beforehand and only had people sign a contract. People would come in to surrender cats and we would find out that they had adopted a kitten from our shelter several years before and were now returning the cat with a whole litter of kittens! So the shelter adopted out one cat and received back five more! It gives a whole new meaning to the term “revolving door shelter”. Keep up the good fight my friend! Namaste!

  • marysol says:

    im super glad!!!! im really hoping it spreads to other states including nevada where i live…it brakes my heart to see all these over crowded animal shelters… i volunteer the spca and i work with cats. it really makes me mad when people walk in and say ” ew theres some big cats in here” NEWSFLASH!!! kittens do grow!!! they are supposed to be there to rescue an animal in need. cats or any other animal are not toys…. i adopted a senior cat and he is wonderful those people are so ignorant it makes me sick!!!

  • kelly says:

    That is very true Maya. One problem is that breeders to max profits do NOT spayneuter animals before they sell them. They claim they make buyers sign “contracts” to spayneuter but the contracts are legally worthless. They don’t work. The buyer then lets the animal breed or starts their own puppy mill.

  • Kelley says:

    Miriamit is a SIN to buy animals that only fit into whatever vain head trip you may be on. Millions of perfectly loving perfectly healthy animals are killed every year in this country for want of a good home and yet people like you encourage the breeding of STILL MORE animals. For shame! What does this say about your value systemyou can only love an animal that looks just right and fits YOUR needs perfectly?

  • Judith, Freedom Fighter for Animals says:

    This is most definitely HISTORY in the making. We are ready in San Diego. Bob Barker As always you are a remarkable human being. Bless your heart.

  • Maya, C.V.T. says:

    If you are a breeder or support breeders I beg you to understand the position of animal shelters. I interned with a vet who specialized in treating purebreds. I know that many breeders are very kindhearted. Here’s the problem the shelters are filled with purebreds bought from breeders when people don’t want them any more. I know many breeders say “It’s not my fault” but those of us in the animal industry all of us have a higher level of responsibiltiy because we have had years of training that the public has not had. Thus it is the responsibility of all of us breeders vets vet techs shelter workers to find homes for all EXISTING animals before we create more. The original animal shelters opened in the early 1900s were for strays only. Those are the true “homeless” pets they live on the streets. The shelter I worked at had about 50 percent stray cats and 50 percent “given up” cats. In 1999 and 2000 we euthanized 60 to 70 percent of the cats brought in 7400 total. No one wanted to adopt the strays so ALL of them were destroyed. Not one single stray cat found a home while I worked at the shelter. 30 percent of the cats there were purebred the strays could not compete with that. It was devestating. Please try to find it in your hearts to think about this issue. Peace.

  • Spay and neuter immediately, please says:

    You must be one of them Denise.

  • Denise says:

    Not all breeders are”lying thieving tax cheat breeder industry”

  • Maya, C.V.T. says:

    To “The one who dares critisize peta” You asked a good question. The surgery does involve cutting but the animals are given a face mask and given anesthesia before the surgery. When they are quite knocked out they are given an injection in the arm which they often do not react to and are put into a very peaceful sleep. Neutering only takes about 5 to 10 minutes spaying is longer but either way the animal is in the same state as a person having surgery they are unconscious and wake up a bit woozy and perhaps sore but you’d be shocked at how quickly they recover and begin running around again. It also prevents reproductive cancers. So it’s all good.

  • Spay and neuter immediately, please says:

    Miriam you idiot no one posting here would ever buy an animal. Always adopt never buy.

  • Cyndi says:

    I think it is great that LA has done that of course LA is like England first to do a lot of things. I only wish things like this would happen in places like where I live now. I moved from Florida to Newton NC and can tell you it is like the 1800’s here the animal shelters still use gas dogs are still tethered and chained to dog houses I can tell of 10 houses on my block alone dogs are chained and penned in extreem conditions. There are no spayneuter laws no leash laws farm animals out in the snow the heat when these changes start happening in these rural redneck meat eatng hunting areas then to me a difference will be made. I have been trying for well over a year but these meat eating animal abusing hunting rednecks are morons. I have been a member of PETA for 10 years and have been a vegetarian for 10 I have never seen anything like this backwards state I am so discouraged I am going back to Florida as soon as I can I have tried for a year but the ignorance outweighs the love for animals here I wish we had a PETA headquarters here in Catawba County North Carolina! If you truly love and care for animals stay as far away from Catawba County as possible this place will break your heart. If anyone wants to help end some of this animal suffering please contact me flawriteraol.com maybe if more than one person cares a change can be made.

  • Deanna says:

    My sisnlaw were just talking about mandatory spayneuter I agreed and she disagreed. It should be legalized in ALL states in the USA!! woot!! to LA

  • Cyndi says:

    I think it is great that LA has done that of course LA is like England first to do a lot of things. I only wish things like this would happen in places like where I live now. I moved from Florida to Newton NC and can tell you it is like the 1800’s here the animal shelters still use gas dogs are still tethered and chained to dog houses I can tell of 10 houses on my block alone there is no spayneuter laws no leash laws farm animal out in the snow the heat when these things start happening in the at least 20 dogs live their lives outside on a daily 247 basis I try and try but these meat eating animal abusing hunting trailer park rednecks are morons when the backwards states like these rural areas start to see change and not the big cities then I will really feel progress is made. I have been a member of PETA for 10 years and have been a vegetarian for 10 I have never seen anything like this backwards state I am so discouraged I am going back to Florida as soon as I can I have tried for a year but the ignorance outweighs the love for animals here I wish we had a PETA headquarters here in Catawba County North Carolina!

  • Lisa says:

    SF Legislators regarding the spayneuter bill and other animal issues seem to repeatedly show signs of “slinky’s disease” born without a spine PLEASE Los Angeles send us some of what you’ve got!

  • Miriam says:

    Since it is quite clear what this site is about and the associated hate it promotes towards breeders breeding and zero pet population I think the next step should be that you all come forward sign a document full name address etc so that breeders can post a Do Not Sell To list and you would never have to be bothered again. Just a constructive suggestion. Thank you PS there are many people in the world who love cherish and contact breeders daily to obtain these lovely animals.

  • Maggy says:

    At least someone is making progress. I think all breeders should be shut down. 3 weeks ago I looked outside and there was a purebreed Siamese from some backyard breeders money making gimick I am sure. She was about 6 months old. She was skin and bones and starving. We took her to the vet. She had roundworms and upper and lower breathing problems. A week later she went into heat. When the vet was doing laser surgery on her he found fluid around her belly. He said this could indicate FIP. Round worms and FIP run rampart in catteries. Living in a small community we have no idea who she belonged to. Most likley she was bought as some kid’s Christmas present and the ignorant family found out that cats have claws teeth and are born furniture destroyers. They probabally dumped her outside and perhaps dogs ran her off. Who knows? She has a good home now and after spending $500 on her she is not going to be returned to anyone. We only hope she not have FIP as we have 4 house cats the oldest we have had for 12 years. We need a bill that requires people to go to classes before adopting any animal. Sounds silly but just look at all the free animals being given away. People move and can’t their animals with them and just decided to dump them sometimes after years. They also drop them off at humane societies who are in the business of finding homes for homeless animals. People need to realized that getting a pet is a lifelong committment. We live in rural Maryland and everywhere you look there are poor animals in cages being breed and sold at cheap prices. And this place is just overrun with homeless cats and dogs.

  • Susannah S says:

    Not to be a spoiler here but will that law stand up to the breeders? The breeders will claim exemption from such a law and I would guess that there’s some kind of loophole that accommodates them. I’ll be interested to see what happens.

  • Tamara says:

    Bob Barker ROCKS!

  • Caroline Nasella says:

    The energy was thrilling. One of the most uplifting and invigorating events I’ve ever been too. Those crazy animal people sure speak well! And to hear members of LA City Council appeal for a more “humane” LA beautiful!

  • the one who dares criticize peta says:

    but… spaying and neutering involves CUTTING and stuff. Isn’t that painful?

  • Kimberly says:

    How do we do this in our home towns?

  • Marcy says:

    Wow! This is amazing. I will do my best to get Toronto to follow…

  • LA Vegan says:

    This ordinance is going to save so many animals! Woohoo! I’m very proud of my city today!

  • Debby says:

    That is absolutely wonderful! I only wish every city would take the same stand.

  • Michael Essi says:

    Awesome! I wish this many people would show up for every animal rights causeevent! Can you imagine the impact!

  • Brandon Becker says:

    The direct action efforts of LA Animal Defense League were crucial to getting this on the agenda and finally passing it. This vote will spare many animals a life of suffering and early death.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Bob Barker Mr Classy you the man!

  • Maya, C.V.T. says:

    That’s brilliant I hope all of New England is next! Does anyone know how they plan to enforce it?

  • kelly says:

    I am amazed. Legislators actually stood up to the lying thieving tax cheat breeder industry. Miracles never cease. Suggestion. Call the San Francisco Chronicle and tell them to dump breeder Christie Keith who has been using their publication to lobby for forprofit breeder interests while pretending to be a “journalist.” While her SF Gate Features Editor Amy Moon LIES for her and COVERS for her and tells people that she is “not a breeder.” Dirty business in the media.

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