Sitting in traffic is boring and annoying. Especially on a rainy day in a city of people who can’t drive well when it’s dry. As I was on my way to pick up dinner, I was stuck behind a truck that had two stickers on the back. With nothing better to stare at than the back of his tailgate as I anticipated the moment it crept forward, I read, reread, thought about Bob Barker and “The Price is Right”, reread yet again, and contemplated the stickers that said, “Save Lives – Spay & Neuter”.
Now, clearly from the paw print, this was intended to refer to household pets. People get puppies and kittens and it’s a novelty until it gets big and does what animals do. Then you wind up with a litter that you are desperately trying to get rid of and they wind up in shelters waiting for adoption, and in some unfortunate cases dead. So the campaign to have people limit this from happening through their carelessness, was to push having their reproductive organs essentially removed or shut down. It’s effective and in most cases recovery is quite quick and you and your pet are back to playing with sticks in the yard again.
What struck me about this novel concept is that in our day and age, you never hear anyone say, “Be sure to abort your pet’s litters”, or “Don’t contribute to the adoption cycle of pets, abort them”. It just isn’t a consideration at all; yet at the same time we have people consistently justify it within our species. It kinda took me aback that I can listen to people say they never want kids, yet would rather kill off the ones they start, rather than just take care of the problem altogether – themselves.
While I am aware this is radical thinking compared to the common ideas associated with reproduction of people, and in most cases it’ll never take hold, I think we should start pushing the concept of voluntary sterilization more often. If such a ghastly thing as abortion is a common occurrence, then why is the less selfish act of going and getting spayed or neutered any more appauling. It achieves the same end state, not having a child, just with less of the immorality involved. Food for thought.