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Chicago Mandatory Spay/Neuter Ordinance

Steve Dale delivered when he promised us important news on Sunday on
his Pet Central show!

This is the BIG News! Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society is now on record as being officially opposed to the proposed Chicago Mandatory Spay/Neuter Ordinance. This was announced on the Steve Dale Pet Central radio show Sunday evening Sept 21 2008 by Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society President, Dr. Robyn Barbiers DVM. Dr. Barbiers stated the Anti-Cruelty position on the proposed Mandatory Spay/Neuter ordinance: They support spay/neuter. They do Not support the proposed ordinance, due to its “unintended consequences”, and for various others reasons as well.

Chicago Anti-Cruelty is the oldest (founded 1899) and largest of Chicago’s private animal shelters.

Dr. Barbiers had a distinguished career at the Chicago Lincoln Park Zoo before assuming her Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society duties in August of this year. You can read more about her here:

Additionally, Steve interviewed the President of the Chicago Animal Shelter Alliance (CASA), Jim Borgelt, who stated his own personal opposition to Chicago Mandatory Spay/Neuter and the reasons for his opinion. (He was not speaking for CASA in this at this time.) Mr. Borgelt stated that he was actually in favor of the ordinance around the time it was introduced (back in May), but  now that he’s researched the failure of Mandatory Spay/Neuter in other cities, together with its  lack of enforceability, and others issues, he is  now against it. Mr. Borgelt is also on the Board of Directors at Lake Shore Animal Shelter, Chicago.  He stated that their Board is still not in absolute agreement on the issue of Mandatory Spay/Neuter, although he is personally is against the proposed ordinance.

Finally, to start the program, Steve interviewed veterinary behaviorist Dr. John Ciribassi, past President of American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. Dr. Ciribassi was asked about mandatory spay/neuter. (Mandatory Spay/Neuter proponents suggest that neutered dogs are nearly guaranteed not be dangerous, and therefore neutering all male dogs would make our city safer. ) Dr. Ciribassi, an expert on companion animal behavior, says most cases he sees in his referral practice (in dogs) are for aggression. And the vast majority those dogs ARE neutered, or spayed. So, if spay/neuter worked without doing anything more to curb aggression, Dr. Ciribassi would be out of business. He continued that while neutering does matter, particularly in dog on dog aggression, neutering alone will not prevent aggression or ¡¥fix’ an aggressive dog. Dr. Ciribassi says he’s for spay/neuter, in concept and also glad that Illinois shelters spay/neuter (by law) with each adoption. But he is not for the mandatory spay/neuter – and based on the science of what behaviorists know to be true about hormones, the impression being forwarded by proponents simply is not correct.
Steve has posted excerpts from this show on his blog. Steve is asking that all listeners show their support for Dr. Barbiers, Mr. Borgelt and Dr. Ciribassi by posting on Steve’s blog. If you missed the broadcast, you can check out the Petcast for that show after Sept 25 through a link on Steve’s web page. Steve will personally make certain that his distinguished guests receive your comments! So, please go to the following web page to post your comments in support of his guests:
Steve is also asking that if you have not already done so, please read and comment on his Mandatory Spay/Neuter  blog entry:
Thanks again, everyone.
Margo Milde
AKC Legislative Liaison – Rand Park Dog Training Club Inc
AKC Legislative Liaison – Agility Ability Club of Illinois
Founding Member – Alliance of Chicagoland Pet Owners
Health Education Chair – Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of America