Israel about to amend its’ dog ownership laws and these Veterinarians are protesting. The thing is, I actually thing the law changes are quite sensible:
‘Veterinarians are launching a campaign this week to stop legislation that would more than double the price of license registration fees for unsterilized dogs.
The veterinarians say the law, due to come into effect in January 2013, is a “punitive step” that would deter many owners from registering their dogs and inoculating them against rabies. The vets called on the state to fund spaying and neutering surgery instead of imposing a “tax on dogs,” and are asking dog owners to sign a petition against the law.’
I actually think that charging more for un-sterilised dogs is a good step that will encourage responsible animal ownership (and less abandoned puppies), as is the idea to price the cost of Rabies vaccination into the registration cost. In a country where Rabies is still a major problem, it is only fair to strongly encourage (my code words for ‘coerce if necessary’) owners to vaccinate their dogs.
The cynic in me is suspicious that on this occasion the Veterinarians are opposing the law in a misguided belief that it will deprive them of a share of revenue.
Which is a shame, because ultimately when dogs are in the hands of responsible owners everyone wins.