The Cat Fanciers Association is arguing that a “revised” California assembly bill could result in unwanted sterilization of pets who have accidentally slipped outside of homes, or escaped during earthquakes, fires, or other disasters.
They write that AB 1634 mandates…
…sterilization of dogs and cats as punishment for multiple impounds. The bill also imposes additional fees and mandated sterilization based upon oral or written complaints. We are concerned about the lack of due process and the extreme negative consequences of such a law for pet owners and their animals.
The bill increases the fine of impounding a cat by $15 to $50, and if an unsterile cat is impounded a second time, it would be automatically spayed or neutered and the associated costs charged back to the owner before release. Cat Fanciers is concerned that cats intended for breeding could be sterilized after accidentally slipping outside twice, in spite of the best intentions of the owner, perhaps even due to complaints by a disgruntled neighbor.
I could offer commentary questioning the merits of their argument, but honestly, I just wanted to post about this as an excuse to use pics of LOLCats. Another relevent pic after the jump.
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