Animal Sterilization....Is it moral?

August 2, 2017
Dog Cat


 I believe sterilizing an animal is cruel? What does the Church teach about this?


 To sterilize animals in a humane way (anesthesia) is morally licit (okay).  We have been given stewardship as human beings by God over animals.  If a person decides not to sterilize their animals, that is okay also.  But to do so is not prohibited, as long as the methods are humane.

Dr. Marie T. Hilliard, MS (Maternal Child Health Nursing), MA (Religious Studies), JCL (Canon Lawyer), PhD, RN

Director of Bioethics and Public Policy                                                                                                      

The National Catholic Bioethics Center                                                                                                       

6399 Drexel Road, Philadelphia, PA 19151                                                                                                   

Phone: 215-877-2660