Vote NO - Chicago spay/neuter legislation

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  1. Sweet72947

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    Link to poll: Vote no, delete cookies, refresh browser, repeat.
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    Oh man, if Chicago is considering this we (N. Indiana) won't be to far behind! :(
     
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    You're telling me, Coop. If Chicago passes this, the rest of IL is next. Ugh.
     
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    And I am sure we can agree that spay/neuter is a good thing, but the laws always go way over board, like making it by 4 months of age.........WAY TOO YOUNG for certain breeds IMO.

    *sigh*
     
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    Agreed... that was one of the points I stressed in my letters I sent off to the Aldermen on this. Most of them seemed to already have their minds made up on this issue, though - at least, that's the impression I got from the canned responses I got back. =P
     
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    Lilavati Arbitrary and Capricious

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    You always get canned responses. But some hapless intern is back there counting letters . . . pity them.
     
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    Bahamutt99 Dafuq?

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    What if it's a breed that has anesthesia problems like a sighthound, or a dog has medical problems and can't undergo the surgery? THEN what?
     
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    Hopefully they will take that into consideration with an explanation from your Vet.

    But THEN you have the problem of people using that as an out when they shouldn't.
     
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    HoundedByHounds Oh, it's *you*

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    This is in addendum to that...I think...

    "2007 Chicago Animal Shelter Alliance
    Admissions, Euthanasia Rates Plunge

    Success Contradicts Push For Forced Spay/Neuter Law
    As Chicago Almost Arrives At Coveted `No-Kill' Status

    by JOHN YATES
    American Sporting Dog Alliance
    http://www.americansportingdogalliance.org
    asda@csonline.net

    CHICAGO – The most recent data from Chicago animal shelters shows
    unparalleled success in lowering admissions and reducing euthanasia
    rates. Admission rates plunged 4.5-percent and it is probable that
    no healthy and adoptable dogs had to be euthanized in 2007.

    Chicago animal shelters are literally knocking on the door of
    coveted "no-kill" status, which means that no adoptable, healthy or
    treatable dogs and cats are euthanized. At its current rate of
    progress, "no-kill" will be a reality in Chicago within two years
    for both dogs and cats.

    A statistical analysis of the past 12 years shows that Chicago has
    one of the very best sheltering systems in America. The city's
    success at reducing the number of unwanted dogs and finding homes
    for adoptable dogs has been truly noteworthy. No city in America has
    shown better results.

    American Sporting Dog Alliance researchers Margo Milde and Michele
    Smith obtained official Chicago Animal Shelter Alliance (CASA)
    statistics for 2007. This information has not been published in
    Chicago or placed on local sheltering websites. Nor has it been made
    available to City Council, which is considering a tough ordinance to
    force people to spay or neuter their pets.

    Animal rights groups and aldermen pushing for this ordinance have
    been spreading disinformation about shelter statistics in order to
    create the false appearance of a crisis.

    The official report tells the truth about the statistics.

    The CASA data for 2007 shows a one-year drop in shelter admission
    rates of 5-percent in the City of Chicago, and an 18-percent drop in
    the number of cats and dogs that had to be euthanized.

    For dogs only, there was an 8.4-percent decline in shelter
    admissions and a 17-percent decline in the number of dogs that had
    to be euthanized, the 2007 data shows.

    But the best news is that only 445 healthy dogs had to be euthanized
    in Chicago last year, compared to 736 in 2006. Most if not all of
    these dogs were euthanized because they had serious temperament
    problems, such as aggression toward people or other animals, or
    other severe behavioral problems. Many of them were brought to the
    shelter by their owners specifically to be euthanized for these
    reasons.

    "
     
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    ...continued

    "All of the other dogs that were euthanized were unhealthy due to

    advanced age, illness or injury, the data shows. Some of them had

    conditions that could be treated or managed, but the vast majority

    of these dogs were listed as untreatable.



    Thus, for all practical purposes, it is fair to say that no healthy

    and adoptable dogs were euthanized in the City of Chicago last year.



    It doesn't get much better than that!



    One of the stated reasons for the forced pet sterilization ordinance

    that is before City Council now is an alleged over-population of

    pets in Chicago. The shelter data completely refutes this allegation.



    The animal sheltering system in Chicago consists of large operations

    run by Animal Control, the Anti-Cruelty Society and the Animal

    Welfare League, backed by smaller organizations such as Chicago

    Canine Rescue, Felines, Harmony House, Lakeshore, PAWS and

    Treehouse. These city-based groups form CASA, and their statistics

    are the basis for the 2007 report. They also work closely with

    several other shelters and rescue groups in the metro area. These

    non-CASA programs bring dogs into the city shelter system to be

    euthanized, and also rescue dogs from the large shelters that are

    easily adoptable.



    CASA's success can be attributed to aggressive public education

    programs, rescue work, foster care, adoptions and subsidized low-

    cost voluntary pet sterilization. Nationwide, a reported 60-percent

    of all dogs are spayed or neutered. Other sources peg this number at

    as high as 75-percent.



    These sheltering organizations not only find homes for almost every

    healthy and adoptable dog in the Chicago metro area, but also rescue

    thousands of dogs every year from natural disasters like Hurricane

    Katrina, overcrowded animal shelters in the southern states, and

    dogs seized from "puppy mills" that have been shut down by the law.



    The extent of this "humane relocation" effort is huge. Every

    Interstate highway has one or more rescue message boards to

    coordinate transportation for these dogs, and several other websites

    are devoted solely to this purpose. For example, the I-65 message

    board lists 3,742 postings to arrange transportation of dogs heading

    toward Chicago.



    Here are some of the highlights of the 2007 CASA report:



    · Shelter admissions of cats and dogs dropped from 42,479 in

    2006, to 40,555 in 2007 – a 4.5-percent decline. For dogs only, the

    drop was from 19,544 to 17,904, or 8.4-percent.



    · New homes were found for 11,460 cats and dogs in 2007,

    compared to 11,378 in 2006. For dogs only, adoptions increased from

    5,088 in 2006 to 5,113 in 2007, which is almost miraculous

    considering that 8.4-percent fewer dogs entered the shelter system.



    · In 2006, 30-percent of the dogs that entered the shelter

    system found new adoptive homes. This rose to 34-percent in 2007,

    for a 4-percent increase. Cat adoptions increased by .3-percent.



    · In 2007, 1,107 dogs were reunited with their owners in the

    shelters. This compared to 1,118 in 2006.



    · Of the 6,290 dogs that were euthanized in 2007, 5,041 had to

    be killed because of untreatable serious medical problems. The

    report shows that 1,054 dogs were brought by their owners

    specifically for euthanasia.



    · The number of dogs euthanized fell from 8,820 in 2006 to

    6,290 in 2006, a 17-percent decline.



    The numbers contained in the 2007 report clearly state the continued

    success of the Chicago sheltering program, and there is no other way

    to describe that success except to call it phenomenal.



    This is nothing new for Chicago. Between 2003 and 2005, the citywide

    euthanasia rate dropped 12% and shelter admissions fell by 11-

    percent.



    In 1996, 42,561 animals were euthanized in Chicago. The 2007 total

    of 18,969 shelter deaths is an incredible 79-percent decline since

    1996.



    The proposed Chicago ordinance is supported by the Humane Society of

    the United States and other radical animal rights groups. These

    groups allege that an over-population of pets justifies mandatory

    pet sterilization.



    The facts in the CASA report put the HSUS rationale in its true

    perspective, which is part of the organization's long-range plan to

    eliminate animal ownership in America.



    Simply put, HSUS is lying.



    HSUS and other groups are spreading disinformation in an attempt to

    pressure City Council to pass an ordinance that would have murderous

    consequences for animals and harm the lives of many fanciers of high

    quality purebred dogs and thousands of dog owners.



    The data shows clearly that there are not enough adoptable pets in

    Chicago to meet consumer demand. Virtually every adoptable dog finds

    a new home. Thousands of dogs are imported from other parts of the

    country every year, and some are brought in from foreign countries.



    The proposed ordinance requires spaying or neutering for all but a

    few cats and dogs, such as those used for shows, competition or

    breeding. The license fee for intact dogs and cats is set at $100 a

    year for each animal.



    Moreover, to qualify for any exemption, the applicant must submit to

    criminal background checks for every family member.



    The American Sporting Dog Alliance urges all Chicago and metro dog

    owners to take an active role in our efforts to defeat this proposed

    ordinance.



    Please contact local organizers to coordinate your participation and

    plug into what we are doing. They are Karen Perry

    (ouilmette4@sbcglobal.net), Margo Milde (mrm1206@yahoo.com) and

    Michele Smith (msmith@cmscrescue.com).



    It is very important for dog owners to contact City Council members

    before the next committee meeting in September. The assemblymen must

    know the truth about city shelter statistics, if we are to defeat

    the HSUS campaign of lies, disinformation and distortion.



    This ordinance can be stopped if strong opposition arises from every

    neighborhood in Chicago, and from all segments of the dog community.

    Letters sent to the aldermen by surface mail are the most effective,

    followed by faxes and phone calls. Emails are the least effective.

    Even if they are brief, personal letters are much more effective

    than form letters.



    Here is a link to the web pages of each of the aldermen, where you

    will find contact information:

    http://egov.cityofchicago.org/city/webportal/portalProgramAction.do?

    programId=536879154&channelId=-536879035&topChannelName=Government.



    Here is a link to City Council Committees:

    http://www.chicityclerk.com/standingcommettee.php. Tuesday's meeting

    will involve both the Committee on Finance and the Committee on

    License and Consumer Protection. This web page gives links to each

    committee member.



    Also, please contact your friends and members and officers of any

    clubs or organizations you belong to that can help. These include

    dog clubs, sportsmen's clubs, farmers' groups and firearms rights

    organizations. Hunters, farmers and firearms enthusiasts know that

    these kinds of laws stem from animal rights groups that also want to

    eliminate hunting, raising animals for food and the right to keep

    and bear arms.



    In addition, please join a dog owners' rights advocacy organization

    that reflects your personal concerns and priorities.



    The American Sporting Dog Alliance represents owners, hobby breeders

    and professionals who work with breeds of dogs that are used for

    hunting. We are a grassroots movement working to protect the rights

    of dog owners, and to assure that the traditional relationships

    between dogs and humans maintains its rightful place in American

    society and life. Please visit us on the web at

    http://www.americansportingdogalliance.org or contact us at

    asda@csonline.net.



    The American Sporting Dog Alliance also needs your help so that we

    can continue to work to protect the rights of dog owners. Your

    membership, participation and support are truly essential to the

    success of our mission. We are funded solely by the donations of our

    members, and maintain strict independence.



    PLEASE CROSS-POST AND FORWARD THIS REPORT"
     

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