NEUTERING OF ANIMALS VS VASECTOMY OF HUMANS
People tend not to support spaying and neutering because of the anthropomorphic desires attributed to animals: we think that they have emotional preferences about reproduction.
Wanting to experience the joys of motherhood, especially bearing someone of your flesh and blood, is a highly emotional desire — a very human desire. But, while animals do care for their young, it does not necessarily mean they have an emotional desire to bear offspring.
Anthropomorphism contributes to the rising number of cats and dogs left in distress due to their overpopulation. According to online statistics from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, approximately 1.5 million healthy animals are euthanized in the US alone. A significant number of cats and dogs are also homeless, making them susceptible to animal cruelty, accidents, and diseases.
Spaying is one of the best tools against animal cruelty. Risking the lives of millions of others because we attribute to a stray the human desire to bear offspring is a negative result of anthropomorphism.