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Unborn rights

More from Times Online - Newspaper Edition about the new proposed animal welfare laws.

Anyone owning a pet, farm or exotic animal will have a statutory "duty of care" towards it and could face having it taken away and being banned from looking after another. Unborn animals will receive the same protection.

So no abortions for our furry friends then. Is it me or is there something wrong with this picture?


I thought you'd be interested in this old debate (2000) in Berkeley, California.

In an effort to reduce the number of animals the city had to euthanize -- which some had likened to Nazism (I'm not kidding) -- the City Council took up a mandatory spay/neuter ordinance.

"If owners are found to have an unaltered animal without the exemption, they will have thirty days to arrange for the animal to be spayed or neutered, or to pay the license fee, Spring said."

Which, of course, raises the question of how these owners will be 'found to have unaltered animals' One assumes the state will be lifting Rover's tail to see the status of things below.


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