Why non-human animals should NOT be spayed or castrated WARNING: This Website Contains Mature Subject Matter You should be an adult to read this page as it addresses sexual and controversial issues.
Purpose of This Website
There are a LOT of websites that explain the reasons one should have one's companion animal neutered; these sites are easy to find. However, this website explains why some people would prefer NOT neutering their best friends. There is a movement in the animal companion community to neuter every non-human being that draws breath and wags a tail... if the poor beast is even allowed to have a tail. In my opinion this precedent has completely gotten out of paw! It's become a matter of "if you don't spay or neuter (two words that mean the same thing) your pet then you aren't a responsible pet owner." The purpose of this page is to defy this paradigm, explain why it's wrong, and suggest some alternative methods of controlling the overpopulation of non-human animals.
A personal note: I suppose the mass sexual mutilation of sentient beings by humanity wouldn't be such a bad thing if humans would include themselves in this hypocritical practice; since it is an overabundance of humanity that poses the greatest detrimental impact on this beautiful planet's environment.
TERMINOLOGY: A "Bitch" is a female canine and a "Dog" is male. Forum Contact What Exactly IS Neutering neutering, n, the sterilization of an animal [syn: fixing, altering, castration], see also spay and emasculate
Neutering, or gonadectomy, is the de-sexing of a male or female animal, whereby the reproductive organs are completely removed. In female animals neutering is called spay, which literally means to cut out with a sword. In male animals neutering is called castration. Both terms, spay and castration, include in their definitions the act of depriving animals of virility or spirit; depriving them of strength or vigor; weakening them; devitalizing them. Surgical Spaying
Click the above images to see complete details of the procedures.
1. Anesthesia is administered. 2. The Bitch is prepped for surgery (spay). 3. A 3-5 inch incision is made in the abdomen, near the umbilicus, through three layers of tissue. 4. A spay hook or finger is used to pull a uterine horn through the abdominal incision. 5. The uterine horn is followed into the body cavity in order to locate the ovary. 6. Three clamps are used to prevent the blood supply to the ovary from hemorrhaging and the ovary blood supply is cut. 7. Sutures are applied to the ends of the blood supply and it's allowed to slip back into the abdomen. 8. Procedures 4 through 7 are repeated for the other ovary. 9. The extracted ovaries are used to pull the cervix out of the abdomen. 10. A clamp is placed at the cervix, the uterus is cut, and the ovaries and most of the uterus are removed. 11. The remaining portion of the uterus is sutured and placed back into the abdomen. 12. The three layers of tissues are sutured and the abdomen is closed. 13. A pain medication is injected and the Bitch is taken to recovery.
1. Anesthesia is administered. 2. The Dog is prepped for surgery (emasculation). 3. An incision is made in the skin in front of the scrotum. 4. The testicle is pushed forward and an incision is made in the subcutaneous tissue just big enough to squeeze it through. 5. The tunics layer of tissues are incised to expose the testicle and associated structures. 6. The blood supply for the testicle is pulled out, sutured, and cut. 7. Each testicle is removed and the sutured tissues which once led to them are pushed back through the incision. 8. The two layers of tissues are sutured to close the incision. 9. A pain medication is injected and the Dog is taken to recovery.
The Ethics of Neutering
"Forced castration is immoral. In 1985, the Supreme Court recognized this when it ruled that involuntary surgical castration constituted cruel and unusual punishment." ~ Atul Gawande
Why am I against neutering my companion animal? Well, the basic answer is pretty simple; I don't want to be neutered myself. I don't want the surgical mutilation of my gender... the loss of my sex and what I was created by God and Nature to be. I consider my companion animals my friends, subjecting them to something that I myself could not tolerate just doesn't seem very friendly to me.
People might say, "but animals don't think like that, they don't care if they are neutered or not." I must reply that I don't subscribe to this theory because neutering alters many behavioral and physical characteristics; it must therefore alter attitudes and drives. Neutering devitalizes an animal and many people see this as an advantage because it makes the animal easier to control. Spay has been shown to cause nervous disorders in Bitches, resulting in worsened separation anxiety and even digestive issues. In Wolves spayed females scent changes and they may need to be separated from their pack or harassed to death by pack members.
Billions of years of trial and error went into the complex living organism. If gonads were simply isolated organs of reproduction then removing them would not be such a consequential issue, but these organs serve complex and interrelated functions involving growth and mental and physical development... they regulate many biological processes other than reproduction... and even have a bearing on social interaction between the animals themselves. Human beings are not wise enough to know the ways of God and Nature; to presume such is the folly of fools. We haven't a clue what our animal companions may think of neuter or how their animal friends may regard them for being de-sexed.
Another reason I'm against neuter is people telling me that I'm irresponsible for keeping an intact animal. They seem to use the sexual mutilation of their "pets" as a soapbox to stand on to hoist up their egos and put themselves above others.
Bob (your) Barker's "be a responsible pet owner, have your dog or cat spayed or neutered" is an example of some people trying to guilt-control other people into thoughtless acts. In fact it's not even an intelligent slogan because spay and neuter are two words that mean the same thing. Population control of domestic animals is a serious issue, as is the population control of the human animal which is totally running amok. Maybe human beings should do first by example, aye, and get themselves neutered too!
People don't want a dog. People want something that looks like a dog.
I am NOT irresponsible for keeping my animal companions intact. In fact, to have intact animals and prevent them from mating requires a good deal more responsibility that most people possess... which is one reason why neutering is so popular; many people are lazy and would rather surgically carve their canine into a servile plaything than deal with the whole creature. Well, fine... if that's your ethic and the only way you can prevent superfluous life, a tormented existence, and an early death then so be it... go out and neuter your "pet," but don't you dare look down on those of us who choose not to do this and call us irresponsible!
Yet another item that troubles me about the neuter craze are people I call Neuter Nazis. These, oh so much better than thou, hypocrites frequently operate animal shelters and rescues while often breeding animals themselves. They are snoods who want to know everything about everyone and snoop into peoples lives, under the guise of inspection, thinking they know what's best for everybody. These people develop adoption contracts the size of a telephone book that are hardly legal and impossible to make binding, and demand neuter as a prerequisite of adoption regardless of another person's ethical or spiritual beliefs and practices. They are simple control freaks who enjoy playing God, and they get off on putting down others who do not subscribe to their practices. What is most important to a Neuter Nazi is their political agenda, NOT the health and welfare of animals. They are quite likely responsible for a huge number of the homeless animals who are put to death annually, because after having a go-round with these people a lot of folk just say to hell with this and go out and buy a puppy. I devote an entire section to these people below.
"In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self." ~ Lord Mahavira Possible Health Effects of Neutering
* Anesthesia shock and surgical complications (Dogs and Bitches) * Post operative pain and infection (Dogs and Bitches) * Obesity (Dogs and Bitches) * Hypothyroidism (Dogs and Bitches) * Cerebellar Cortical Abiotrophy (Dogs and Bitches) * Loss of estrogen; sex and growth hormone (Bitches) * Intervertebral disk disease (Bitches) * Myasthenia Gravis; muscle weakness (Bitches) * Urinary incontinence (Bitches) * Altered moods leading to nervousness, separation anxiety, and digestive disorders (Bitches) * Vaginal perivulvar dermatitis and recessed vulva (Bitches) * Loss of testosterone; sex and growth hormone (Dogs) * Narrowing of the chest resulting in respiratory disorders (Dogs) * Failure to extrude the penis (Dogs)
Loss of testosterone is directly correlated to: heart disease and myocardial infarction, strokes and cardiovascular disease, senile dementia, osteoporosis and hip fracture.
In human beings testosterone has an important role in the regulation of normal growth, bone metabolism and body composition. Specifically, testosterone deficiency is an important risk factor for osteoporosis and fractures in men. Men with testosterone deficiency have significant decreases in bone density, particularly in the trabecular bone compartment. Testosterone deficiency has been reported in over half of elderly men with a history of hip fracture. Men with testosterone deficiency also have alterations in body composition that include an increase in body fat. Using quantitative CT scans to assess fat distribution, we have shown that testosterone deficiency is associated with an alteration in site-specific adipose deposition with increased deposits in all areas, particularly in the subcutaneous and muscle areas.
Because truncal fat correlates with glucose intolerance and cardiovascular risk, hypogonadism may have important implications with regard to overall health and mortality. In one study, the alteration in skeletal muscle composition was associated with a decrease in muscle strength. Therefore, testosterone deficiency is associated with an enhanced risk for osteoporosis, altered body composition including increases in truncal fat, and, possibly, decreases in muscle performance.
Loss of estrogen leads to an acceleration of the bone-degradation process, which in turn results in a loss of bone mass and a raised risk for incurring bone fractures (osteoporosis). Loss of this hormone also causes violent mood swings, irritability, and depression.
In human beings, a drop in the production of sexual hormones can have considerable consequences for the emotional world of women. Many menopausal women observe a reduction of their general performance, an increasing forgetfulness, an impaired fine motoricity, and a diminution in their powers of memory and of planned, targeted, flexible and adaptable thought. Furthermore, many women display a tendency towards pronounced fluctuations in their mood, and even massive symptoms of depression. Very recent studies indicate that estrogen deficiency also increases the risk for Alzheimer's disease.
The process of aging and the regression of the sexual hormones also involves a degradation of the muscle mass. This results in a deterioration of the coordination of body movements and enhances the tendency for falls. The elasticity of the joints also diminishes. The joints become stiff and painful, especially upon rising in the morning. This is due to the reduction in the production of collagen and a reduced storage of water as a consequence of the estrogen deficiency Why People Neuter
It's the "right thing"
Whenever a special interest group wants a certain something they spread propaganda designed to promote it. There's no difference in the animal companion community. The fact is that there are a lot of domestic animals put to death because people can't cope with all of them. This is the big guilt trip this propaganda is designed to inspire and it is used to push people into spaying and castrating their companion animals.
What about the millions of animals killed as food, most of whom have dramatically worse living conditions than a superfluous dog or cat? These animals are sentient too... meaning they have emotions and feel the things human beings subject them to. Killing for food is, however, a natural process that Nature demands of many beings, especially predators, so I'll not question the act of killing for food... although tormenting an animal to death IS evil... and people do this a lot in industrialized ranching. Killing an animal for no reason other than because the creature is superfluous and because killing is convenient is not civilized in my opinion. This is evidenced by the fact that civilized people don't kill each other this way or for similar reasons... we don't round up our transients and hungry multitudes and kill them. People have an "it's just a dog" mentality... people put their own kind above all other living things and justify their acts by contrived philosophy and religious dogma. This is done regardless of what an animal being may think or feel and without any respect for how they want to live just as much as we do.
So the right thing, it is said, is to keep animals from reproducing, and the easy solution to this is to surgically alter them so they can't reproduce. This may be justified, but neutering is just one way of achieving this goal. Neutering is an invasive procedure that drastically affects an animal's biological processes. There are alternatives to this from as simple as proper containment to tubal ligation and vasectomy. These are much less invasive and respectful, but the problem is that people are brainwashed into this "be a responsible pet owner, have you dog or cat spayed or neutered" paradigm... and because veterinarians make so much profit from these procedures, they rarely suggest the alternatives - or even explain the risks.
This is a very valid issue. There may be evidence to support improved longevity and health associated with neutering. I won't disrespect those who neuter for this reason. I will say that I personally do not trust the source of this data due to the bias of those who provide it. I have NEVER seen an unbiased study where there was proper scientific methods implemented to show altered verses non-altered canines over a lifetime period with records showing the actual health consequences of each group. Without such an unbiased report I must conclude, being an acute observer of human nature, the facts commonly made public are the propaganda of Neuter Nazis to support and justify their politics.
In short, I don't trust them to tell the truth. I have a thirteen year old Dog who is intact and is the picture of health and happiness. I think ANY animal can get sick and ALL will eventually suffer the effects old age unless they meet a fateful early end. Face it... Nature wants us dead... that's where life leads us all. I had rather put my trust in the fact that life developed over millions and millions of years of trial and error and that this is as good as it gets. Seeing what human interference has wrought upon our earth I simply do not trust the wisdom, or lack of it, to surgically edit such a wondrous creation.
People are pressured into neutering their companion animals for many reasons: ● Animal rights groups and radical anti-breeding groups. ● Breeders who want to have more control over where people can acquire animal companions. ● An increasing number of landlord/tenant policies and municipal ordinances, which should have nothing to do with personal choice.
I've seen a movement for mandatory neuter law... this is nothing less than fascism!
There's a tendency for people who choose NOT to sexually mutilate their companion animals to be looked down upon and I've even been insulted and declared irresponsible because I refuse to go with this flow. This pressures a lot of people into neutering without fully understanding that they are surgically altering another living being permanently and taking away the creatures sex. There are alternatives, but they aren't even discussed. To me this too is a form of pressure toward neutering. In my opinion all these things combined is an attitude toward the forced neutering of companion animals... a big brother attitude... and unless we resist this paradigm there may, indeed, be written more laws telling us what we can and can't do with our animals.
This is often a big selling point for neutering: A neutered animal will be easier to control, wont rove, wont enter heat (estrus), wont mark, will be less aggressive, will smell better, and etc. Some of these things may indeed be true, and for a lot of people they are good reasons to sexually mutilate their "pets."
I regard these reasons as selfish acts of laziness and vanity, however. When someone desires to carve another being into what they want them to be, what I see is a control freak... I see someone who can't love another for who they are... I see someone who must change another to suit themselves. I consider people who would cut into someone they call a friend and tear the flesh and sex out of their bodies, for this reason, a vandal who wants a slave... a servile plaything to show off to their friends and to make up for something they lack in themselves. These are, of course, my personal opinions and a lot of folks will take exception to them.
Also, in my opinion, someone who wants a servile plaything puppet sown to their whim and specification would do better to get a plushie (a stuffed toy animal), rather than subjecting a living being to suffer the knife for their vanity and lack of ability to love and care for the whole living being.
Could there be a conspiracy?
>From the way Neuter is pushed as the ONLY responsible way to control domestic animal overpopulation, I sometimes feel there's some kind of conspiracy in the works. Veterinarians can perform tubal ligation of vasectomy, which are less invasive techniques than neuter, and which allow the production of estrogen and testosterone, thus allowing an animal's normal urges and development, however few of them offer this alternative. I also wonder if breeders haven't been responsible for so much of this push to neuter every canine that moves in order to create a market for their puppy-milled stock. Just some things to think about from one who has found that human beings don't always reveal the ulterior motives behind their actions. Alternate Altering
Repression of heat cycle
Ovaban (megestrol acetate) and Cheque drops can repress a Bitches heat cycle. Both have very serious side-effects so I DO NOT recommend them.
This is the most natural and least invasive method of preventing mating; keeping your male and female animals away from each other so they cannot copulate. This can require a lot of attention on your part, especially if you have a male and a female companion. You need to know how to read the signs when your Bitch is entering estrus and be prepared to move her to an isolated area and keep her there during heat. You should also be ready to provide massage therapy to calm her anxiety during heat and the lactation of pseudopregnancy to remove carcinogens from her nipples that may cause breast cancer. Dogs should also be relieved occasionally, and will be very appreciative of this, especially when the scent of estrus is in the air. These things require an uncommon, deeply devoted, human companion, so keeping intact animals isn't for everyone.
"Whatever can go wrong will go wrong." ~ Murphy's Law
Believe it or not, if woofs can even touch muzzles, chances are they'll find a way to mate when you aren't paying attention. Consider this the rule: Absolute separation of male and female canines during heat. If you only have male or female animals then it's just a matter of not letting them roam and seeing to their individual needs to comfort and protect them. The key with keeping canines from breeding is to keep Murphy's Law in mind and do whatever necessary to subvert what can go wrong. When you have made certain that NOTHING can go wrong, only then are you behaving responsibly.
Vasectomy and tubal ligation
Vasectomy is a low-invasive surgical procedure whereby the Dog is sterilized without depriving him of testosterone and avoiding possible side effects associated with the loss of this hormone. Vasectomy involves the surgical removal of part of each vas deferens and is a fairly simple procedure.
Tubal ligation is a low-invasive surgical procedure whereby the Bitch is sterilized without depriving her of estrogen and avoiding possible side effects associated with the loss of this hormone. Tubal ligation means, literally, to tie up a small tube within the Bitch. This too is a much less dramatic procedure than neuter. Ask your vet about cutting the tubes instead of clamping them, for clamps have been known to come undone.
Veterinarians tend to shy from vasectomy and tubal ligation surgeries because they do not eliminate production of testosterone and estrogens. Because of this their idea of what a canine animal should behave like is not realized by the human companion. This should not be the vet's decision however - they are not his or her concern so long as you make an informed choice. If you are prepared to live with canines the way nature intended them... if you can love and care for the whole animal... then it's no ones business but your own. You should look around until you find a health care professional who will respect this position. I personally prefer NOT allowing control freaks to cut into my best friends.
Note: if you want a servile plaything to tie up in the back yard and forget about until friends come around to show off too, then these procedures are NOT for you. Have the standard neuter procedure performed, for in the long run your victim will suffer less and live a more "comfortable" lonely and futile existence. And if you have a vanity issue I suggest you consider Neuticle implants for Dogs. How to Care For a Sexual Being
WARNING: This section will likely freak out and offend a lot of people. Herein I express controversial opinions regarding the care of intact companion animals. I don't care what people think... the health, safety, and happiness of my friend is the paramount issue and I put this issue way before the dogma of an insecure multitude. I include these views for like-minded people.
Due to the nature of this section I've placed it on a parental control tagged page: Special Care for Dogs and Bitches The Neuter Nazis
What follows is purely a rant.
Neuter Nazi is what I call a person that is radical about neutering. Neuter Nazis are ruthless in their attempts to see that all animal companions are sexually mutilated, and this agenda is a priority that goes beyond rational good sense and charges blindly into the absurd. It doesn't matter if someone is spiritually or ethically against neuter... it doesn't matter if an animal suffers or even dies from the surgery... nothing matters to a Neuter Nazi except clip and snip! I firmly believe most of these people have ulterior motives for behaving like this.
There are a lot of dogs put to death each year in shelters due to over population caused by uncontrolled breeding. I don't believe as many of these come from "accidental" mating as the Neuter Nazis claim. I think a lot come from people who want to watch "the miracle of birth" or who breed them simply for profit. I think Neuter Nazis hold this idea that they know what is best for everyone! Many of them operate shelters and rescues that intimidate people with contracts and inspections until a lot of folk just give up on the adoption process and buy a pup. So a lot of these animals come from Neuter Nazis themselves!
Neuter Nazi's who do rescue insist that every dog they locate a home for must be neutered regardless of how someone might feel about the practice. They play God with an animal's life so they can wag their ego over someone else's head. It's really a shame that people have to strain compassion to the point of oppression so profound, that it discourages the adoption of animals in need. Many people despise having a sword waved over their head by fanatic zealots on an ego hike: I know I do!
Anyone who defies the will of Neuter Nazis are treated like evil and sometimes even accused of being animal abusers! Neuter Nazis won't stop there... they want to create fascist-style mandatory neuter laws! They want to punish responsible people by charging them more for licensing an intact animal! The person who doesn't want to neuter must pay extra for the sin of puppy mill operators!
It's a shame animals must be put to death just because they are superfluous. On the other paw, millions more are put to death in horrendous ways simply because we eat them. So tell me... why is the life of a cow so much less important than the life of a Bitch? The deaths of dogs in shelters are used as guilt fodder to trip people into neutering their companions... even though millions of animals are treated much worse by human beings, day and night, regardless of neuter or not in industrialized ranching! This makes no sense to me. I don't want to see any animal needlessly killed, but just because I don't believe in neutering my companion does NOT make animal suffering my fault! My companion animals have NEVER produced a single unwanted life! So lay off the guilt trip you control freaks! Yours is NOT the only way! I don't even believe yours is the right way.
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A lot of the info in this post makes sense and raises questions and concerns. However, the fact is that there are too many people out there who are not that responsible with intact animals. Keeping track of intact dogs, and who has them, through lisencing or other ways is a good thing.
I agree that most unwanted dogs are coming from pets stores, puppy mills or backyard breaders, and perhaps when adopting out a dog the selters should look at each situation and not require neutering of every dog. (I dont really believe this rule would stop people from adopting from a shelter, but who knows...)
Vets never mentioning an alternative to neutering is pretty strange. Are there any vets or vet techs here that have an idea why this might be?