Would a birth control pill for dogs be more effective than surgery in curbing the unwanted pet population? That’s a possibility, according to SenesTech, a biotech company based in Flagstaff, Arizona.
The company, which devotes itself to “humane animal population management, is developing Chemspay, a new contraceptive which can be administered orally or by injection. Chemspay induces menopause in female dogs, which significantly reduces the number of eggs.
The company plans to conduct testing in India with a project intended to curb the country’s feral dog population. The current plan includes FDA trials to begin in the United States in about 3 years.
SenesTech is also working on ContraPest, a drug to sterilizes female mice and rats, which have a significant impact on Indonesia’s rice fields. ContraPest is seen as a more humane alternative to poisoning. “I would really like to see us do things that improve our environment and are compassionate to other beings,” Dr. Loretta Mayer, a scientist working to develop both products is quoted as saying. “My passion, without question, is to stop killing animals, however we might do that.”
The original article appeared in The Week.