Definition of cull: to reduce or control the size of (as a herd) by removal (as by hunting) of especially weaker animals; also: to hunt or kill (animals) as a means of population control

I have come across various sources who consider spaying or neutering to be equivalent to culling. Here are some examples:

Jennifer Stoeckl President of the NAAC


Dr. David DeQuick

Beagle forum users

You get the idea…

But spaying a puppy is not the same as culling it, not in a definitional sense nor in a real sense, and it all comes down to economics. A culled puppy is a puppy that will not require food and shelter and veterinary care. A culled puppy does not cost anyone any money. It doesn’t take up space and it doesn’t take up anyone’s time and energy.

A neutered puppy does take up real space and time and energy and money. If someone can only take care of one puppy, selling him a neutered poor-quality one prevents that person from being able to care for a good-quality one. Neutering and placing a poor-quality puppy simply helps the breeder feel better about himself and his breeding program (and maybe even makes him a little money). Slaughtering puppies, even if it is what’s best for the breed, is not for the faint-hearted…and it never is very good for publicity. But let’s not fool ourselves into thinking that removing the reproductive parts of an animal is equivalent to culling it.