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24 April 2007 The Facts of Life One widely spread allegory comes to mind when considering the unrelenting pet overpopulation problem. The tale is the story about a group of friends having a picnic on a riverbank. Suddenly, the group hears the sound of crying and looks up, shocked to see a baby floating helplessly in the river. They immediately dive in to rescue the drowning baby. To their horror, the group notices another baby floating towards them. They rush to save that baby, but no sooner is that baby pulled to safety; they see another baby floating. By this time a vicious cycle has started and soon the river is full of drowning babies. Again and again, the group dives into the river, trying to save the seemingly endless flow of drowning babies. One of the people gets out of the river and begins running upstream. A friend shouts “Where are you going?” “I’m going to find out who is throwing the babies into the river and make them stop!” the heroic man yells back, as he runs upstream.
The homeless animal problem is very similar to this fable. Animal shelters and rescue groups try hard to save the homeless animals in the “river”. However, this will never solve the problem. Millions of dogs and cats are killed annually as the result of unwanted, unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying and neutering. According to the article “Early-Age Spay/Neuter before Adoption,” “With seven to ten million cats and dogs destroyed each year in shelters, it is clear that overpopulation is the greatest killer in the nation of cats and dogs and is the major cause of animal pain and suffering.” The greatest hope for reducing the massive overpopulation of unwanted animals, is mandatory spaying/neutering of all shelter animals…...

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