In response to problems with Berger Blanc, the city’s proposing bringing in some more laws controlling animals on its territory. I think the real situation is messier than these proposed ideas can deal with.
Sterilizing strays works in places with no harsh winters, but what would be the point of operating on an animal and then tossing it back on the street in our climate? Even supposing it could scrounge and survive for awhile, what’s it going to do in wintertime?
We may have to register our pets but we may need to show they’ve been sterilized. I have an older female cat who was originally a stray. She was sterilized before I adopted her, which I found out at the time, but I have no papers to prove it. Does this mean I’ll need to visit the vet and get a certificate? How silly could this get?
Unfortunately, we’re trying to change society’s ethics with laws, and that’s always difficult to do. We need to somehow make people realize that adopting an animal isn’t something you do on a whim – you should be prepared to look after it for its lifetime or, failing that, find someone who will. Given that dogs live from 8 to 15 years and cats these days can reach 20, it’s not a trivial thing to undertake.
Anyway, the city’s promising better oversight of Berger Blanc (more details on that on Openfile). The city has also decided to study opening a public pound, which it badly needs.
I could take Openfile a tiny bit more seriously if it didn’t have things like “Reported on le vendredi, mai 13, 2011″ on it.