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Raising a male dog today without having him "neutered" is simply irresponsible- to the dog, to us, to the whole canine as well as the human race. Most kennels neuter as standard procedure before permitting a puppy to be adopted. Most veterinarians advise owners to have their males "fixed" if they're not, the sooner the better. Indeed, perhaps the matter of castration can be more agonizing, since, unlike eventual death, it doesn't necessarily have to be faced. Never mind that the consensus about castration would say such hopes are fatuous; male dogs can only be allowed to continue in human society on condition that they are castrated. The castration of male dogs is in no way comparable to the practice of abortion or the proscription of mood-altering drugs such as Prozac.

Keywords: castration; human cruelty; male dogs

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