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Louisiana: Mandatory Spay or Neuter Ordinance Withdrawn in New Orleans!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A proposed ordinance in New Orleans that would have required every dog older than six months to be spayed or neutered has been withdrawn.

Owners hoping to breed their dogs at some point during their lives would have been required to apply annually to the Louisiana SPCA for an "intact" permit, which is $50 for the first year alone. 

This legislation would have threatened to keep hunters and other dog owners from making decisions based upon their own personal circumstances. It would have prevented hunters from continuing the tradition of occasionally breeding their favorite dogs in order to provide other hunters with good dogs, while defraying some of the costs associated with caring for their animals.  From a financial perspective, the legislation discriminated against hunters with limited budgets and families whose budgets are already stretched thin in the current economy.

Thank you to all of the NRA members who answered the call in opposition to this proposal.  Without you, this victory would not have been possible.

Please take the time to thank the members of the New Orleans City Council for withdrawing this proposed ordinance.  Contact information can be found below.

Council President Arnie Fielkow (At-Large)
afielkow@cityofno.com

Council Vice President Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson (At-Large)
jbclarkson@cityofno.com

Councilwoman Shelley Midura (District A)
smidura@cityofno.com

Councilwoman Stacy Head (District B)
shead@cityofno.com

Councilman James Carter (District C)
jcarter@cityofno.com

Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell (District D) - ordinance sponsor
chmorrell@cityofno.com

Councilwoman Cynthia Willard-Lewis (District E)
cwlewis@cityofno.com


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