This white paper is © of IMVETA 2005 Page 1 of 7 Written by: dr. ir. François Janssens
Whitepaper on the subject of neuter campaigns in Spain.
Committed to improving the welfare of all domestic animals through veterinary science, practice, education and debate, especially those suffering in Spain due to indiscriminatebreeding, abandonment, ignorance and mistreatment!
Due to the need for a highly effective neuter & spay campaign in Spain we wrote this whitepaper witch explains the origin of the overpopulation problem and the possible solution tooptimize a neuter & spay campaign.To make sure we write ‘sense’, we thoroughly have been studying the concept of neutercampaigns in various countries and pointed it towards “
” combined with the specific situation of Spain. At the meantime we studied the differencesbetween the conventional techniques for Castration through the so called “Linea Alba” and thetechniques you mentioned called “Lateral or 7 minutes”. For even more information we lookedat the domestic approach that local vets commonly are using. We took in account the long termeffects of a neuter campaign. As well in its offspring diminution aspects as in its medical- andesthetical aspects. We then took in consideration the potential pets holders point of viewregarding adopting castrated dogs and the way local vets feel about large neuter campaigns. Allthis research added to the findings mentioned here in this white paper.
What causes the problems: 1. Is it the nuisance of street dogs?2. Is it the abandoned dog that ends up inshelters?3. Is it the way for instance “Hunters” threat and abandon their dogs?If we define the main problem and its origin,we can also define a castration campaign thatreally works. An effective campaign goes therewere the neuter effect, if carried out denseenough, will bring the flood of not wanted dogsto tolerable proportions. Leading to less dogs in shelters and far less dogs being exported toother countries. While diminishing the export we also diminish the export of spreading deceasesto other countries. To virtually eradicate the problem with some 95% effectiveness, only a veryeffective, by the government supported, campaign towards pet owners and shelters can do thetrick. Each owner, if he is not a registered breeder, should castrate his pet. But describing thesolution on the level of a pet owner is not the intent of this white paper. Furthermore we havethe enormous problem of the so called ‘Galgeros and Hunters’. Those hunters that use variousbreeds for the hunt, are one of the groups adding massively, up to 70%, to the negativepopulation growth. A ‘Galgero or a common Hunter’ can easily have up to 30 dogs of witch hewill dispose sometimes up to 20 at the end of the hunting season. Their peers, the ‘Gypsy’s’,also add a lot to the problems at hand and with more breeds then only Hunting breeds. Neitherat this level we will describe a solution in this white paper.