Neutering Animals

Question:

Can I neuter my dog?


Answer:

I am afraid I know of no heter to neuter your dog. This issur is explicit in the Tora (Vayikra 22:24), and includes all animals as well as humans, see Rambam MT, Issure Bi'a 16:7 (or 16:10 in Vilna edition). The punishment for so doing, in normal times, is malkuth (a lashing). Although dogs may seem to suffer when other dogs are in heat, this is the way of the world as HaShem has created it. We cannot consider the normal behavior of dogs to be tzsa'ar ba'le hayim.


Friday, 03 April 2009

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