Chakra Living

Spay And Neuter Your Pets?

by Kylie Dicks

Posted November 26, 2006

I've got a question which I hope someone out there can help with. I keep pet rabbits, both male and female, but don't want to breed them. In the past I used to get them neutered, but now that I'm practicing Krishna consciousness, I'm not sure whether this is acceptable for devotees.

I understand that according to sastra, humans shouldn't use any kind of birth control but rather control their senses. However, how does this apply to animals? I can't really make my pets control their senses.

Neutering animals ensures that unwanted offspring don't enter the world, and therefore risk abuse by uncaring humans or being euthanized by shelters if no homes can be found for them. However, is it karmically implicating to interfere with the reproductive process that Krishna has created? I'd really appreciate any feedback on this issue.