Written by Michelle Kretzer
Can DSK's experience be used for good? Dominique Strauss-Kahn
may no longer preside over the International Monetary Fund or be running for
the highest office in France, but PETA France is
banking on his ability to illustrate one pitfall of having unprotected sex:
DSK might not have considered "spay-and-neuter
advocate" to be his next move, but no one can argue that he isn't in the perfect
position to let people know about the harmful effects of tomcatting—such as animal overpopulation.
This time, perhaps something good can
come from a sex scandal.
On one balmy day in March, PETA's "SNIP-Mobile"
(Spay and Neuter Immediately, Please!) and our Holland M. Ware mobile spay-and-neuter clinic "snipped" 46 cats and 10 dogs, preventing hundreds of kittens and
puppies from being born!
those numbers by hundreds of days in a single year, and it's easy to see how
PETA's no-cost to low-cost spay-and-neuter clinics have prevented the births of
hundreds of thousands of unwanted animals since the debut of our first clinic in
2001 (we have sterilized more than 80,000 animals so far!). The mobile clinics
travel to low-income neighborhoods throughout southeastern Virginia and
northeastern North Carolina to reach animals whose guardians can't afford spay-and-neuter
surgeries or don't have transportation.
Help by always spaying
or neutering your animal companions and signing PETA's pledge to end animal
Advertisers have rushed away from Rush Limbaugh faster than the shock jock can say, "Light me a stogie." At last count, 49 advertisers had pulled their spots from The Rush Limbaugh Show after he called Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke "a ****" and "a prostitute" for testifying before Congress in favor of insurance coverage of birth control pills. He later made a guarded apology.
So how might Rush make up for lost advertising? PETA has an idea. We've asked Limbaugh to run this "Spay Today!" ad spot pro bono during his radio show:
Spaying and neutering dogs and cats is birth control that everyone should be able to agree on. Limbaugh could use some positive media coverage—and dogs and cats can always use some positive steps toward ending animal homelessness. Here's hoping Rush rushes to accept PETA's offer.
A front group
for the meat, puppy mill, tobacco, and alcohol industries as well as other
industries that use and abuse animals is desperately trying to thwart animal
protection efforts by publicly
The group got its comeuppance on Jane Velez-Mitchell's
show Monday night, when the HLN host invited PETA Senior Vice President of
Communications Lisa Lange
to talk about the deceptive group's underhanded attacks. Here is some of the
If the meat, dairy, puppy mill, and
entertainment industries and their shills were genuinely concerned about the plight of homeless dogs and cats,
they would actually do something about it, as PETA is, by conducting massive spay-and-neuter initiatives
and encouraging people to adopt
animals from animal shelters instead of buying them from businesses that
churn out new puppies and kittens to add to the mix.
Written by Jeff Mackey
(Spay and Neuter Immediately, Please!) clinics and Community Animal Project
(CAP) are on the job year-round to help animals in need in Virginia and North
Carolina—and in 2011, they succeeded again and again in improving the lives of
animals and the people who care about them.
SNIP's fleet of mobile spay-and-neuter clinics has "fixed"
nearly 80,000 cats and dogs over the past decade—10,564 of them in 2011 alone!
In the past year, PETA also helped thousands of guardians keep their animal
companions by offering counseling tips, information about animal-friendly
housing, and assistance with offering humane care.
Today, we'd like you to meet just a few of the animals whose
lives were big-time brightened—and even saved—by CAP and SNIP this past year:
Moose's coat was severely matted, a painful and dangerous
condition that can lead to sores and maggot infestations. Moose's family didn't
realize how serious matting was and couldn't afford to have the little guy
groomed. PETA's fieldworkers spruced him up!
Bailey was suffering from a large mammary tumor that was
affecting her ability to walk. PETA's veterinarian successfully removed the
tumor, and Bailey was spayed at the same time.
Unlike many pit bulls PETA's fieldworkers meet, Prue lives
indoors, but she had already had one litter of unwanted pups. PETA helped prevent
more pit bulls from being born by spaying this sweet girl. No more pups for
Bentley's guardian lives in a very rural area. The closest
vet clinic is almost an hour's drive from her house, and she didn't have the
$200 that the vet charges for neutering dogs, so PETA took care of Bentley's
sterilization, transporting him to and from surgery.
Brownie's guardian is a young single mom with two children.
PETA spayed Brownie—who, like Prue, had already had one litter—and provided the
family with a leash to walk Brownie (which they now do daily), toys, treats,
and a sturdy handmade doghouse, along with warm, dry straw.
Biscuit's guardian took this kitten in as a stray and
desperately wanted to keep him but couldn't afford to have him fixed at a vet
clinic. If it weren't for PETA, who transported Biscuit to and from his neuter
appointment, Biscuit's guardian would have had to surrender him to the local animal
join PETA in calling on elected
officials to pass mandatory spay-and-neuter laws in your state, county, and town.
Please also help make sure animals continue to get the help that
they so desperately need by making
to help keep SNIP's mobile clinics going strong, sponsoring a doghouse
(or two) to be built and delivered by CAP, and being ready to help neglected animals in your
Companion-animal neglect and homelessness is a preventable tragedy. By working
together, we can end it!
Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post
the floor and black mold covered the walls of a house that held 34 cats—many of
them hungry, thirsty, and sick. Some animals were hunched over in tiny cages,
covered with their own excrement. Even the beds of the humans who lived there
had feces on them. Dogs and chickens were found outdoors without any food.
like something you might see on Confessions: Animal Hoarding, right? Surprisingly (or
perhaps not so surprisingly) this
hellhole—raided a few days before Christmas by Harrison County, Indiana, animal
control—billed itself as a no-kill animal shelter called "Frisky Felines Foundation."
similar cases have made headlines in just the past few months. In September,
the SPCA of Upstate New York seized 68 animals from Peaceable Kingdom Animal Rescue, a no-kill facility. The animals were emaciated, dehydrated,
and suffering from mange, eye infections, dental problems, diarrhea, and other
health issues that appeared to have gone untreated.
investigation of Angel's
Gate, Inc., a self-proclaimed animal "hospice and rehabilitation
center" in Delhi, New York, revealed that paralyzed
themselves until they developed bleeding sores, animals were denied veterinary
care (one dog suffered with
an infected, rotten, broken jaw),
crowded conditions were so stressful that fights erupted daily, and animals were kept in
urine-soaked diapers for days at a time, resulting in urine scald.
Angel's Gate promised
unsuspecting people that "special needs animals" would "live out their
days in peace, dignity and love." Although
its founder and operator, Susan Marino, now faces charges of cruelty to animals
and criminal possession of a controlled substance, hundreds of animals remain
in her hands—a situation that you can help change.
This elderly, weak Chihuahua—given to Marino by an animal
shelter—suffered terribly without veterinary treatment for about two weeks
line between hoarders and no-kill facilities has always been a blurry one. After all, many no-kill
animal shelters' modus operandi is to avoid euthanasia at all costs,
even if it means caging animals for the rest of their miserable lives. But
thankfully, awareness is growing about the many ways in which the no-kill
philosophy promoted by Nathan
Winograd and others fails animals. Writer Phyllis
M. Daugherty explained the situation brilliantly in her recent Opposing Views column:
We all would
love to see an end of the need to euthanize behaviorally and physically sound
discarded pets, but there are just not enough homes to adopt them. Humane
euthanasia to relieve shelter overcrowding cannot be stopped just because it is
uncomfortable or unpopular without subjecting thousands of innocent animals to
suffering in packed kennels plagued with disease and injury or death from
attacks and fighting.
We must not allow them to be "rescued"
by those who are unprepared for or unable to provide for all their needs. We
also cannot, in the name of "No Kill" and in our rush to feel good
about having them "leave the shelter," release them into the hands of
someone who can sadistically watch them suffer and/or starve to death, often
with food available on the premises.
abundance of homeless animals in nearly every community makes it easy for hoarders
masquerading as rescue
facilities and sanctuaries
to acquire their victims. Spaying
or neutering even one dog or cat can prevent thousands of additional animals from
being born only to end up homeless, hoarded, or worse. It's also crucial to
support open-door animal shelters, which accept every animal in need and never
keep animals stored away like surplus merchandise.
Lawmakers who are considering legislation based on the
philosophy of the bogus "no-kill" movement should look closely at the
disastrous results of California's Hayden Law, as Phyllis M. Daugherty details
in the first of a series of
articles for Opposing Views about limited-admission ("no-kill")
Dangerous overcrowding is a
common problem at no-kill shelters.
As Daugherty makes clear, the Hayden Law was put together by
lawyers and aides with no experience running animal shelters. And it shows: The
bill did nothing to curb breeding (the real cause of the animal overpopulation crisis);
it took away shelters' ability to make the critical decisions needed to keep
the animals healthy by controlling the spread of contagious diseases and to give
the most adoptable animals the best chance of finding a home through necessary
means, including euthanasia of less adoptable animals.
the Hayden Law, shelters couldn't euthanize the animals they took in unless the
animals were already to the point of death—even if that meant enduring prolonged
suffering from diseases or injuries
that made them unlikely prospects for adoption. Fortunately, this constraint
was recently suspended but not before wreaking havoc on animals, shelters (along
with their staffers and volunteers), and state budgets.
animal shelters continue to be required to surrender any animal scheduled for
euthanasia—no matter how aggressive or otherwise unadoptable—to any group claiming
to be a "rescue" organization upon request, which forces them to
continue to house the animals until they are claimed (up to two weeks later) and
puts adoptive guardians at risk from animals with a known tendency toward aggressive
behavior. Daugherty describes how 20 percent of one animal shelter was occupied
by pit bulls awaiting pickup by one such organization, leaving less room for animals
who might have had a good chance of adoption but instead were euthanized
because of a lack of space.
It is tragic and ironic that the law cheered on by misguided "no-kill"
advocates like Nathan
ended up costing animals their lives; Daugherty reports that the North County Times, in an article titled, "Too Close for
Comfort: New State Law Is Killing Animals," explained how the law was "increasing
the number of animals destroyed and reducing adoptions …"
While this is sad, it isn't really surprising. As Daugherty
notes, "no-kill" is a misnomer, since the refusal of
limited-admission shelters to accept the responsibility of euthanasia means
that they fill up quickly, leaving the turned-away animals to be taken to
open-admission shelters (merely shifting the burden of euthanasia) or, worse, to
be simply abandoned to face disease, traffic, starvation, predators, and other
Limited-admission shelters also tend to attract animal
hoarders who take in far more animals than they can possibly care for. PETA’s
undercover investigation of South Carolina's now-defunct Sacred Vision Animal Sanctuary—which was
really just a front for a hoarder—produced
evidence that finally prompted authorities to rescue hundreds of caged cats who
had been suffering through a living nightmare of constant filth, disease, and
We all want to see the number of euthanized animals decreased,
but the Hayden Law debacle shows that this goal can't be accomplished just by
making it nearly impossible for shelters to use euthanasia to address the
current crisis. As one former shelter volunteer explained after visiting a shelter overburdened because
of the restrictions imposed by the Hayden Law, "As I passed the kennels,
each crammed with too many dogs and puppies, many of them sick or diseased, I
was reminded again that euthanasia is not the worst thing that can happen."
To become a truly no-kill nation, we must first become a
no-birth nation by mandating
spaying and neutering of dogs and cats
to stop the flow of unwanted litters into our shelters. If you are concerned
about euthanasia, you'll do far more good by adopting a dog from an
open-admission shelter or sponsoring
a spay/neuter procedure for a cat than by supporting a limited-admission
California Gov. Jerry Brown has announced plans to completely repeal the ill-advised
Hayden Law, and let's hope he succeeds—for the animals' sake.
I just received the gift of a 2012 calendar illustrated by Mutts artist Patrick McDonell to go along with my PETA "Rescued" calendar. But my walls won't be the only ones sporting the designs of this talented and compassionate artist in the new year. PETA's mobile SNIP (Spay and Neuter Immediately, Please!) clinic received a facelift earlier this month when it was rewrapped with colorful Mutts artwork, courtesy of McDonnell.
PETA's fleet of state-of-the-art mobile low-cost to no-cost clinics—we now boast three—spayed and neutered more than 10,000 dogs, cats, and rabbits in 2011, and we hope to surpass that number in 2012, thereby preventing thousands of unwanted animals from being born into a world long on suffering and short on good homes. We've spayed and neutered more than 75,000 animals in the last 10 years!
If you'd like to support SNIP's lifesaving work (the clinics operate at a loss and rely on donations to keep "snipping"), we can hook you up.
may have been born as strays on a porch, but thanks to the efforts of some wonderful volunteers, seven Labrador
retriever–mix puppies spent their first Christmas indoors, surrounded by their loving
Quite a few longtime PETA friends and faves were among the
celebs who told the Associated Press about
their animal-oriented New
including Bob Barker
("To continue urging folks to have their pets spayed and neutered—including
("I wish that [my cat]
Sheila would stop going into my bathroom, taking out all my cotton balls out of
the jars and spreading them all over."), and Katherine Heigl
(whose dogs want her "to feed them consistently on time in the morning"),
not to mention superhot Josh
and music legend Roberta
whom we love all the more after hearing about their rescued animal friends.
Other pro-adoption superstars? How about George Clooney,
who recently talked to Esquire about adopting
his shelter mutt, Einstein? Or Charlize Theron, who wants more people to, well, be like George?
If anyone you know needs convincing that tofu scramble
is the real breakfast of champions,
you can remind him or her that vegan WWE superstar Daniel Bryan
has been awarded the world
Then break a chair across his or her back just to get the point across. (PETA's
lawyers would like us to note that this is a joke and that violence is never
Not to be outdone, the UFC took to Twitter
to urge fans to vote for Jake
for peta2's Most Animal-Friendly Athlete Libby Award.
A number of other stars offered up pro-animal tweets as well:
And the always amazing Oscar-winner and Raising Hope star Cloris Leachman
raised some hope for animals abused in circuses by writing to the mayor of Orlando
and asking him to protect the elephants scheduled to perform in the city with Ringling Bros.
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