The Dallas City Code Chapter 7 - Mandatory spay/neuter, breeder permits and limits on pets has apparently been passed on June 25th 2008. The law creates controls over pet ownership/keeping and breeding.
The CFA opposed this law and frankly I am surprised. The legislation as I read it is not onerous or burdensome and there is, it seems to me, (viewing this from a distance, living in London UK) a need for better control as people are not self regulating. If there are 2.2 million feral and abandoned cats euthanized each year in the United States there must be a need to place greater controls over cat keeping and the controls over cat breeding will I hope weed out the isolated bad breeders. I had advocated that the CFA better regulate the registered breeders. That may have avoided the local authority stepping in.
The new regulations place the following obligations on cat keepers, breeders:
All cats/dogs over 6 months of age must be spayed/neutered unless the keeper has a breeder permit. As it is considered necessary to spay/neuter this cannot be a bad thing. In fact it is overdue. How will it be enforced though?
Cat breeders must pay 70$ for each cat p.a. and $30 for any intact cat. Only one litter per cat is allowed p.a. Once again this doesn't seem bad. The amounts are not that large and can be passed on at least in part to the customer. The fee may drive some out of business but the serious breeders should be able to overcome the fee. The one litter a year restriction might not have that big an impact because on my research breeding cats only have one litter p.a. anyway (see purebred pedigree cat breeders).
There is a limit of a maximum of 6 cats per dwelling. If a person has more than six cats they are crazy in my opinion - far too many. This is hardly a restriction.
If the dwelling is set in half an acre of land 8 cats are allowed. That for me is very generous.
These laws seem very reasonable. What did the CFA object to? The CFA says the law will result in the loss of pedigree cats in the Dallas. I am clearly missing the point. Is the CFA saying that there will be less pedigree cats bred because of the licensing fees? They must be.
If anyone wanders by maybe they'll tell me what is so bad about the Dallas City Code Chapter 7 - Mandatory spay/neuter, breeder permits and limits on pets. Is there a trend in the United States to tightening up pet ownership/breeding on a general level?
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