Friday, May 12, 2006

state to require cats spay neuter?

Lawmakers approves bill requiring cats to be spayed and neutered
Providence Eyewitness News, Rhode Island - May 12, 2006
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Cat owners take note: it could soon be illegal to harbor fertile cats. The General Assembly approved a bill this week that would require cat owners to spay or neuter any pet cat six months and older unless the owner has a permit or a breeder's license.
The bill could be sent to the governor by the end of the month. At least one lawmaker says the bill would reduce the number of cats euthanized annually in Rhode Island by up to 65 percent.
Some animal rights advocates, while wanting to reduce the state's cat population, have argued that the bill could prompt a mass abandonment of healthy pets if their owners can't afford the costly birth-control procedures.