Elective pet surgery in El Paso: Changes and conflicting opinions

If you want to know how vicious the internet can be, go online and take a position on describing a cat. Any online conversation about elective surgery for pets will go nuclear faster than you can say. “Godwin’s Law”.

El Paso City Rep. Chris Canales wants to change some of the rules on what types of elective pet surgeries are allowed here. Procedures being targeted include declawing, ear harvesting, tail docking, as well as “debarking and de-mugging” procedures.

Animal shelters across the country experience overcrowding.

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In a story Filed by KFOX-14Roger Freund, an El Paso veterinarian, says he believes these types of elective pet surgery decisions are best left between the pet owner and their vet. Freund also noted that, although he thinks some targeted procedures might be effective, he hasn’t performed this type of surgery in more than a decade.

It’s no exaggeration that elective pet surgery is a very, very divisive topic. Volumes have been written either defending or condemning the mere act of proclamation. Here’s the first comment on the KFOX story:

“It is offensive to those who mutilate their pets for convenience or fashion appeal. Pit bulls should have nothing and vets should have anti-mutilation but anything to make a quick buck.

The holiday season seems to increase the number of abandoned pets.

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Here is the very next comment:

“The Socialist People’s Republic of El Paso is Converting to California.”

For the record, as of this writing in January 2024, California does not have a 100% ban on declaring. It is in three states, though…Rhode Island, New York and Maryland.

So where do you stand on this issue? Are you an abominable monster or a godless communist? It seems there are two options here.

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