Written by Jeff Mackey
Two things that PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk is
passionate about are helping
animals (no surprise there) and auto
racing, so perhaps this was inevitable: After reading that NASCAR sponsorship this
season is at a low, PETA has asked racing superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. to
consider using the available space on his car to spread a lifesaving spay-and-neuter
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PETA has observed firsthand the effects of animal
homelessness from its work on the front lines of animal protection. In Earnhardt's
home state of North Carolina, PETA's Community Animal Project (CAP) rescues animals, even when that means crawling through sewers, searching
through junkyards, scaling trees, dodging cars, or enticing frightened strays
to safety. CAP also delivers food, doghouses, and straw bedding to neglected
animals who have never known a kind word or touch—and they return to monitor
the animals' conditions, check their housing, and make sure that they have enough
to eat and drink.
letter to Earnhardt points out, around half of the 6 to
8 million animals who enter U.S. shelters each year must be euthanized for lack of enough good homes. Others never find a refuge and are left to fend
for themselves on the streets, where they create more litters and often succumb
to exposure or disease or even are abused by cruel people.
The solution to animal overpopulation is to reduce the birth rate through spaying and neutering—and once again, PETA
is leading efforts to facilitate these vital procedures. Its mobile veterinary clinics offer low-cost to no-cost sterilization and other veterinary services in the
most impoverished areas of North Carolina for families who cannot afford to
have their animals fixed.
By placing a message on his car promoting spaying and
neutering, Earnhardt could help his many fans understand that they can play a
role in reducing the overpopulation of dogs and cats and drastically reducing
Whether your ride is a stock car or a station wagon, you can
help save the lives of homeless animals by spaying and neutering your own
companions and working to pass
mandatory spay/neuter legislation in your community.
you have a general question for PETA and would like a response, please e-mail Info@peta.org. If you need to report cruelty to
an animal, please click
here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
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