For the Love of Balls: Why Don't Mexicans Spay or Neuter Their Pets?

Dear Mexican: I'm new to the San Antonio area and am enjoying exploring the many wonderful aspects of its history and culture. One thing has become incredibly bothersome to me, though: the plight of pet overpopulation. With so many resources that are available for spay/neuter assistance, I'm not certain as to why this continues to be a problem. I have been told that Hispanic men fear that the surgical procedure of neutering is an emasculating process. It is not. Perhaps one way of explaining this is if my husband found that he had testicular cancer and the only way for him to survive was to remove his testicles, he would have this done to save his life, and he would still be very much a man. Pardon my being crude, but balls do NOT define a man or a man's dog. Spaying/neutering saves lives and makes for a healthier pet.

—On Behalf of Those Without a Voice

Dear Gabacha: I completely agree, and it's very appropriate you write from San Antonio, formerly the dog- and cat-euthanizing capital of the United States, according to a 2006 San Antonio Express-News story. A 2010 Express-News story also offers an explanation for Mexicans' reticence to tinker with their pets' private parts, courtesy of America's favorite Mexican (and former illegal immigrant), César Millán. "Being a Latino myself, I know that many times we learn at an early age that neutering or spaying a dog changes their state of mind," the Dog Whisperer told the Express-News while doing promotion for spay/neutering awareness among local Mexis. "All my pack is spayed or neutered, and it doesn't change anything. It actually enhances their ability to be social with other dogs. It decreases frustration. Marking (urinating to claim territory), which is a big problem a lot of time for people, goes out of the behavior for dogs. So it's a lot of great things I want to share." The Mexican will only add it's not a machismo thing, that pet overpopulation is common in all poor communities, and that the only social pathology Mexicans suffer from that comes directly from our culture and not other factors (class, geography, religion, etc.) is our irrational devotion to our perpetually underachieving Mexican soccer team.

Why did practically everybody's Mexican great-grandfather ride with Pancho Villa? And also knows where he buried his treasure?

My Abuelito Rode with Zapata, Too

Dear Wab: Same reason some gabachos say their great-great grandmother was a Cherokee princess, and all Southerners claim their Confederate ancestors fought for state rights (help me with the proper term to describe this phenomenon besides "delusional," historiadores). People love to identify with the romantic underdog, even if it stretches all logic of their own family tree. No Mexican would ever dare admit that their ancestors were hacendados—admitting your abuelitos opposed Villa and Zapata and left Mexico because they were members of the upper class is one of the douche-iest things a Mexican can do, and is as rare as a Mexican neighborhood without cars parked on the lawn.

GOOD MEXICAN OF THE WEEK: All you Mexis who, this week, will become the first in your family to graduate from high school, receive your bachelor's degree or earn a master's or doctorate—congratulations! Ustedes are intellectual chinga tu madres to the Know Nothings who say education doesn't matter to Mexicans. All this said, there ain't enough of us achieving our accomplishments, so remember to tutor, mentor and give back to your community—otherwise, our Reconquista is for naught.

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shawnanicole21
shawnanicole21

Just to be clear, my comments only have to do with pets. I am not apart of the rest of the hate on this page. 

TO every race: Please spay and neuter your pets. Don't shop, adopt!

If you don;t care that much for animals then don;t get one. it's really that simple. And having a puppy is hard fricking work... Loss of sleep, ruined furniture, piss and crap on floors, etc.. Animals are not trained over night. Think twice before getting a puppy. Animals are family members FOR LIFE POR VIDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sly As A Fawkes-Crayton
Sly As A Fawkes-Crayton

Unlike the rest of you, I won't hide my face or post with a fake name. Now, the author of this article is in the wrong saying that all/most Mexicans don't spay or neuter their pets. Don't generalize like that. Many ethnicities choose not to spay or neuter their animals for reasons unknown to me. The only somewhat okay excuse to not have your pets fixed is if they are working stock. No, standing behind your apartment or garage door to bark at people outside is not a job. That's just a dog being a dog. I'm talking herding dogs, gun dogs, etc. Otherwise, there is no real reason to not have your pet fixed. They will live longer and have a much better disposition as they age. And all of the racist banter going on in here, grow up. It's 2012.

Juan Vasquez
Juan Vasquez

Mexicans don't spay/neuter because our idea of pets is nothing like the American idea of pets. They are animals not companions. They serve a practical purpose, like barking at strangers and in return they get leftovers and a dog house for their trouble. Medical attention may come only after the owner himself regularly sees a Dr. if ever. Preventative measures!?forget about it.

BTW - Letting a dog lick your face IS beastiality, so please don't do it in front of your Mexican friends.

TRISHAKAY
TRISHAKAY

I TOTALLY AGREE WITH MONROE WHITE.WE NEED TO START THINKING ABOUT THINGS LIKE OVER POPULATION AT THIS POINT. HOW OUR COUNTRY CANT AFFORD TO END UP LIKE CHINA.IM NOT SAYING JUST MEXICANS.IM TALKING ANYONE WHO HAS 5 OR MORE KIDS.LOOK AT THAT WHITE FAMILY ON TV 19 KIDS..BUT THEY PAY FOR THIER FAMILY TO BE RAISED.BUT ALOT OF PEOPLE HAVE MULTIPLE KIDS AND EXPECT US TO PAY FOR RAISING THEM.AMERICA CANT AFFORD TO PAY MEDICAL,FOOD STAMPS ,WIC AND SO ON .I LOVE KIDS AND IM NOT SAYING YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE CHILDREN.IM SAYING IF YOU CANT AFFORD BUT 2 KIDS,THEN DONT HAVE MORE THAN THAT.

Monroe White III
Monroe White III

Do you really have to ask? Does it look like Mexicans are spaying or neutering themselves?

Phipho
Phipho

Amen, we need more mentors in our high schools to show the kids that getting an education and making a better life for yourself is a glamorous thing to do !

Melinda_cook68
Melinda_cook68

Yes the writers a mexican...his name is Gustavo Arellano . That's the only reason he can get away with saying what he does...which is mostly true anyway. Kinda like when blacks say the 'n word'...its ok if they say it but not if you or I say it.

AFISCHER4
AFISCHER4

DOWN HERE IN OUR GREAT STATE OF FLORIDA I DO WISH THAT MEXICANSWOULD GO BACK TO MEXICO AND COME BACK THE LEGAL WAY AS OTHER DO.

amina56
amina56

Why are Mexicans being attacked in media ? Why do whites encourage Mexicans when they can profit but when Mexicans profit whites hate them ?Why does no one talk about Asians and Europeans who enter illegally often from Mexico ?Why do whites commit illegal acts even when it is not needed for their survival (Madoff /American greed) ?

Alex Burciaga
Alex Burciaga

Excuse me? Who wrote this article? This article is very offensive, also very untrue. My cats are spayed. NOT ALL MEXICANS ACT how people see most of them act. I also agree with Araceli because this article is so ridiculous.

Araceli
Araceli

Is this article really necessary...? I did not found it funny or interesting.. and the use of that kind of language is inappropriate. I am sure that the person who wrote the article is not even Hispanic... Shame on you!!!

Fred
Fred

Its the same reason they leave bud ice cans in my lawn sunday nights, its the same reason they drive without insurance, its the same reason they get the whistle at the pool, its the same reason they cut in front of you in the store, its the same reason their country is the USA poor house... THEY DON'T CARE about anything but them.

Aspenwoods2910
Aspenwoods2910

I just wanna say that why all the people say MEXICANS when they not even from Mexico do they ask all the people where are they from or what. I understand if they were at Mexico ok they are Mexicans but we are here in USA so you don't even know them. If you see a hispanic person the first thing you said is he is from Mexico when they not even from there. That's discrimination! this is why we are who we are people for stupid people like you Bit@#!

Anj52188
Anj52188

WoW! That lady has balls!

Jsss5050
Jsss5050

Yopu cant fix a wrong with another wrong!!! I dont think race has to do anything with over population of pets, dumb people with pets that they cant take care of is the main issue not a "Mexican" with a pet!!!And furthur more the refrence you used about testicular cancer is way off!!! Do some real research and then comment

Michael Carver55
Michael Carver55

because they eat them when they get big enough to a decent amount of tacos or berrittos.

Texaseagleone2005
Texaseagleone2005

Is this a Farmers Branch link? Wow! This is stupid! One thing I know is the way Mexican people learn! The whites say come get a free TV....sting operation!! The lies and dishonesty of our country made the Mexicans this way. Not answering the door! Picking up the phone! All of it. Now you make the decision sit at home or go work at a stupid hamburger joint??? Ahhhhhhhhh I'm staying home and collecting! That's also a NO brainer! As far as kids! The more kids they have the bigger the income tax check will be! Its one thing every!! American looks forward to EVERY YEAR!! Americans praise it!! Commercials! Radio! Adds! You make more kids the father has a huge check!! Wichita means new truck or car. In this country!! The country we love,it will always make or do something that will shoot itself in the foot! The only thing that this country can do is post and watch the world comment! "Lets see what happens if we say this" Right now I would rather live in Africa! And by the way I am Mexican! TEXAN! COWBOY!

amina56
amina56

Zapata was also an Afro -Mexican ( descendent of one of the millions of Africans enslaved in New Spain/Mexico)

torres2369
torres2369

I find this whole page racist and just plain stupid as an educated hispanic woman we shouldnt let stupid people write things like this wow this is bad and remember the white people invaded us tejas was a part of MEXICO DUUH and quit taking your kids to mc donalds their going to get FAT

Fed UP
Fed UP

@miroslava I speak spanish and english thank you very much... Im just saying ya'll have way too many kids and no I'm not on welfare. I have a good paying job and take care of my family. I just don't like the fact that when we take our kids to mcdonalds or someplace like that the people behind the counter can't understand english.. that's BS. If you noticed while the President was in El Paso he said "get a job, pay taxes like we do and learn to speank english and then we will think about giving you a citizenship" If you have notice the "whites" have learned to spray and neuter ourselves to keep from having multiple offsprings. It makes me sick to see a Mexican in their 50's and 60's having a baby. That's grandparent time not baby time.

miroslava
miroslava

this is to Fed Up, DUDE its America therefore its a free country and we are to chose what language we speak wheather is SPANISH, ENGLISH, GERMAN ETC. You Dude how many languages do you speak? And are you on welfare?

Fed UP
Fed UP

Dude that's like them not "spraying or neutering themselves" HELLO YALL GOT TOO MANY KIDS!!!!!!!!! Also LEARN to speak ENGLISH!!!!!!!!!!

Gtsspitfire
Gtsspitfire

when you remove the testicles of any living male, human or not, it emasculates them. the testes produce testosterone, therefore the lack of the hormone create an efeminate being. remove the balls, make it a bitch. so, whatever. mine are where they are supposed to be. and so are my pets.

Peggy
Peggy

Somehow their own balls are connected or intertwined with their pets balls....guess it is a replacement for brains....

Ridingmower
Ridingmower

hell with the pets we should spay and neuter the mexicans . the world would be much better off. then there wont be so many stupid mexicans and pit bulls .. say it like you mean it .. the rest of the world feels the same as i do ,, this would be a good start then we could work on their animals

Malachite141
Malachite141

and why doesnt texas make it mandatory or a ticket if u dont fix or take care of your pet? hell we get tickets for everything else... like parking facing the wrong way on a street? or like my neighbors who decide to call the city on me for not mowing everytime they think i should even if their kid deals drugs really?

Diana Estrada Avila
Diana Estrada Avila

the palabra correcta is, in regards to those who claim that their ancestors fought for "state rights", is ethno-centrics; y tambien, declarations of being descended from someone famous, or infamous, isn't always solely for the purpose of quedando bien, but many times , en verdad. I'm related to Jesse James, Kit Carson, Marie Antoinette, y Edmundo Dantes, pero I've done the research.....LATINA DE CORAZON Y SANGRE

Gg
Gg

Not sure how to Neuter or not to Neuter is a Mexican problem I would think this is a society thing in general stop pointing the finger at a Nationality. Get a Life and start by educating your friends and neighbors about the issue of them making sure to Neuter their pets and if you ever wonder why there are so many dogs all over the neighborhood just plain ass street dogs maybe its because people dump them their. What would make you think Mexican's want them in their neighborhoods.

shawnanicole21
shawnanicole21

@Sly As A Fawkes-Crayton

Dude, maybe not all but most. I found this article while google searching "how come Hispanics always have to have a puppy rather than adopting". In california you always see Hispanics walking around with puppies and they never spay or neuter. It's so incredibly frustrating. I just want to shake them and tell them that they are not being responsible pet owners. I really feel it's part of the pet over population.  I'm sure it frustrates you to hear our point of view because in your eyes not all Hispanics do this, and while that is true, most do. 

iblobar
iblobar

I can't beleive what I'm reading from u,,,no never mind ,your a latino man who lives like a fricking cave man,,,bet your wife and 20 kids are stuck in the house that your abused and uncared for dog guards, eh???Get off that machismo crap and join the world.....Nueter your fricking dog!!!!

Dillybar
Dillybar

I see someone has a brain here. These limp wrested animal rights ninnies don't have a clue. I guess they think that dogs belong on the couch wearing clothing and eating ice cream. Dogs have been around before the boob tube, ice cream or canine clothing. They got along just fine. You don't have too sexually mutilate an animal to keep them from reproducing. All that is required is to contain the female while she is in heat, that is it. These ninnies who what to regulate what others do with their property are the same ninnies that would push for human reproduction regulation.

People need to mind their own damn business, look at themselves, and quit looking for fault in others. Pet overpopulation? I don't buy it. If so then why are some city shelters importing dogs so they have something sell? Adopt a child, buy a dog.

iblobar
iblobar

thought we were talking about animal, mendiga!!!

iblobar
iblobar

Pendejo,,,,I suppose all you white people do,eh? Ck out those fricking Duggers,,,Bates and their crowd.....pendejo!!!

shawnanicole21
shawnanicole21

@Alex Burciaga You're right. Not all but a huge majority. Sorry

Araceli
Araceli

Yes, I said Hispanic, not Mexican... I am not as ignorant as the writer of this article!!!

Ricky Torrez
Ricky Torrez

Typical of someone who does not know the hardships of life...... Mexicans do not t receive a monthly check for being lazy and bitter..Mexicans work hard for their money..yall are so quick to blame societies mishaps on everyone but yourselves...While they are leaving beer cans in your yard...what are u doing...cooking dope in your kitchen while ur kids are at the table covered in their own filth , malnurished, and uncared for! You know you claim to be so dedicated to ur responsibillites for your neighborhood ... What have u done for your neighborhood? What have you done to address the problem besides writing your opinion down on a monitor screen in front of you? While you judge and racial profile the hispanics in your community.... put this in your head as to why mexicans dont neuter their pets..........maybe because mexicans are too busy providing for their family to think about neutering a dog or what have you,.....Since you have the time to be so concerned about this.......turn around and pay attention to your kids and change their diapers....and then maybe ....just maybe .. you will see what its like to get off ur ass everyday .....Lets focus on bigger issues ...like the ones in society that milk the system because they are too lazy or the work is too hard for one to get off his own rear and put in an honest days work...So next time u see a stray dog and feel angry about this...take a look at the next hispanic that is sweating and getting paid minute amounts to provide for his family...What kind of expression do u see on his face? It saddens me to see people so ignorant but yet so caring of what goes on around them that not once have u ever offered or even said thank you for mexicans doing the jobs that u bitter , lazy, and trashy people would even consider doing....... Judge all u want , complain all u want, will never ever make u happy or give u the attention that u all so deeply desire...you are by yourself...always will be..

Speedslowly44
Speedslowly44

Stupid comments come from stupid people. "Berrittos" says it all! LMAO!

L Barello
L Barello

Yea, thats right, then we fix the taco or buritos for mendigos like you, baboso!!!!

Monroe White III
Monroe White III

The whites did not invade Mexico, nor did they steal Tejas from the Mexicans. Tejas was given to the whites because it was considered worthless to the Mexicans. Then the whites fought to keep what they had been given by the dumb Mexicans when they finally figured out just how valuable Tejas really was and tried to take it back from the whites after they foolishly gave it away because they've always been way more stupid than whites have. It's not that we whites don't want any of the jobs all you dumb Mexicans do so cheaply to just barely be able to feed your dozens of kids & relatives, it's just that we're smart enough to not work that hard for that little money! Wise up and demand higher wages for all the crap y'all do just to barely survive, and maybe you'll start getting more respect from us whites! Until then, keep on being dumb Mexicans doing dumb things for dumb amounts of money, and keep on complaining that we whites are screwing you all over while you're all so hard at work on screwing yourselves over and failing to see just how dumb you all really are!

Guest
Guest

You're educated, really? That comment of yours was the longest run-on sentence I've yet to see.

Loki Laufeyson
Loki Laufeyson

@ gtsspitfire: When one spays a female animal or if a woman has a hysterectomy and oophorectomy ("total hysterectomy"), the ovaries and the uterus are removed. The ovaries produce estrogen and progesterone, the female hormones. By your logic, that surgery would 'defeminize" the person or animal. I had a total hysterectomy 10 years ago. So does that make me "masculinized"? Ummm... my husband doesn't think so when we get it on. Further, the pituitary gland still produces testosterone in the male, and estrogen and progesterones in ther female. The surgery also has NO EFFECT on the DNA. Male is still male, and female is still female. Thus your argument=FAIL.

Loki Laufeyson
Loki Laufeyson

Dallas requires an intact animal permit for pets that aren't "snipped". It costs $70 a year. Plus, it costs $30 every year to register that pet (versus $7 for a "snipped" pet, or free if you're over 65 for up to 3 pets). Thus, it costs $100 a year to own an intact dog or cat in Dallas. Plus, to get the permit, you must attend a mandatory class. Failure to register a pet can carry a fine of up to $2000 (not less than $50), and additional penalties.

iblobar
iblobar

I'm a latina and have to add a few things you and juanvasquez don't contemplate.....the dog has been domesicated for awhile,,,and just keeping them in the yard wrapped in a chain and fed leftovers is NOT cool dummie,,,,,they rely on us fricking humans to help them live a comfortable life....Meaning they need so few things from us,,,shots,food ,shelter and attention!!! I see lots of mexicanos that just ignore their pets and can't even be bothered to pat their heads once in awhile yet the dogs love and show their loyalty at all times,,,,Take a trip down to the SPCA in dallas and ck out the abused and totally neglected animal their ,,,I bet one of your is there, eh??? We're overrunned by dogs and cats because of neglectful people like yourself and juanvasquez....Get Real,,,Your just fricking lazy and selfish......Yes, Selfish,,,,'

shawnanicole21
shawnanicole21

@iblobar lololol  Although he does serve a point... Not everyone has to have ten kids... Populating the home land One child and dog at a time.. 

Tomas
Tomas

Actually, I'm Hispanic as well and thought the article was quite amusing.

Lisaf
Lisaf

Well said. Some people are so quick to judge.

Loki Laufeyson
Loki Laufeyson

...not to mention that she wrote "THEIR going to get fat" when it should be "THEY'RE going to get fat.", with a period at the end of thesentence. As for the run-on sentence, considering that Mexican women are constantly pregnant, skipping periods is normal for them.

shawnanicole21
shawnanicole21

@iblobar Amen Iblobar. Fricking clueles.. Dogs are no longer working dogs like back in the day and even then they were showed respect and fed good meals for the work they did.

 
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