I've been told that I seem angry when I discuss the topic of neutering. It's true: I am angry... and frustrated with people who think because I believe sexually mutilating my friends is unethical that I'm being irresponsible and that people that believe as I do are to blame for a canine overpopulation problem and all the suffering this implies. Yeah, liars and control freaks make me angry. People trying to pass laws that require me to have unnecessary surgical atrocities performed on my friends, depriving them of their real nature makes me angry. Laws that require my friends to suffer the failures of others are not only unfair but they piss me off; and I call people who deprive my companions of their gonads, and me of my rights, Nazis!
Until people establish a population control ethic for themselves I believe we're hypocrites to castrate non-human beings in the guise of doing what's right. With over 6.6 billion humans on the planet, and the human population increasing by one every two seconds, I think humanity needs to clean it's own house before thinking itself wise enough to manage the populations of other animal nations.
Therefore, I apologize if my words tend toward a tone of frustration. I'm passionate about leaving my friends the way God and Gaia created them. There are hormones produced by the gonads that affect more than an animal's biochemistry than reproduction. Testosterone and estrogen; the sex hormones, affect mental attitude, social role, hair and bone growth, and internal organs like the heart, just to name a few.
The human race (Homo sapiens; yeah, you're a species of animal... imagine that!) has been at war with Nature for centuries and where has it led? It has led to an overpopulated, polluted, depressing world of oppressive robber-baron dictators and apathy-riddled servile imbeciles nodding yes to everything they are told without giving it much thought at all. Actually I expect that given television, videogames, and entertainments, wherein grown men are paid millions of dollars to play children's games and beat each other to bloody pulps, that people aren't even capable of cognizant thought at all.
This essay is intended to counter some of the pro-neuter propaganda pushed into the sleeping mentalities of our day. Therefore, if you want to read those same old lies about how wonderful neutering is I suggest you click some other search result, because here you'll find a different truth than people of blind-faith want you to read.
Here's a simple fact, as I see it: People need to take more responsibility for their actions. People need to better educate themselves, because our teachers have lied to us. Yes... this webpage is based on personal bias, but all of those pro-neuter pages are based on personal bias too; or on what someone thoughtlessly reproduced because it sounded like "the right thing to do." Hitler thought killing Jews was the right thing to do. Was it? People need to learn more about non-human behavior and how to take responsibility for the whole creature; naughty bits and all. Only once you have learned all you can about this issue, made an informed choice, and then practiced your choice diligently do you deserve to be deemed as acting responsibly; whichever way you decide.
I suppose the idea of people taking an active part in the thought process is just a wild pipe dream these days, and unlikely to happen. Most people seem too lazy and/or apathy-crazed to care about anything but themselves; and so few even care about themselves. A “pet” is like a piece of furniture; it's a thing to show off, maybe find some comfort with when in the mood; like chocolate, but otherwise forget about until it's time to yell at for something the poor beast can't possibly understand.
For some people there may be no other means of preventing puppies than sterilization. I think of castration as a last resort... or as the Nazis put it, a "final solution." What makes me angry is there is an alternate method of sterilization, not nearly as invasive or detrimental to the health and development of a non-human being as castration, but radicals (Neuter Nazis) refuse to pursue this option because they enjoy the devitalizing effects castration has on the non-human. Also, there are few veterinarians skilled or intelligent enough to add tubal ligation and vasectomy to their short list of options. I'm hoping that more people will learn to think for themselves and make demands and that this paradigm will eventually change.
My honest opinion is this: If you are not willing and able to care for the whole non-human being, then get a plushy toy to cuddle up with; a thing that neither needs suffer neglect nor unnecessary surgery to compensate for your inadequacies.
"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