Written by Michelle Kretzer
Food and Drug Administration just lowered the age at which girls can get the Plan B oral contraceptive without a
prescription to 15. Critics argue that that's too young, but PETA insists that birth
control should start as early as 8 weeks—for puppies and kittens. It's
called "prepubescent sterilization," and to illustrate our point, we're
planning to place this billboard in Oklahoma, which has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country:
can't unwrap a condom, open a package of birth control pills, or walk into a
pharmacy and request Plan B. So responsible animal guardians should start their
young charges off on the right paw—by spaying and neutering them as
soon as possible. This prevents "oops"
litters before guardians realize that the animals are sexually mature. Cats,
for example, can become pregnant as young as 4 months old.
Sterilization ensures that your animal companions won't contribute
to the animal-overpopulation crisis. Just one unaltered female dog and her
offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years. In seven years, one
female cat and her offspring can produce 370,000 kittens.
Early spaying and neutering has health benefits, too: It reduces
animals' risk of some forms of cancer and other diseases. A study by
the University of Georgia found that spayed and neutered dogs live an average
of about a year and a half longer than unaltered animals.
let your animal companions qualify for the next Teen Mom cast: Spay
and neuter them.
Written by Alisa Mullins
Janice and her son, Jayke, didn't know
where else to turn. Penelope, a dog they had adopted from an animal shelter, had
gotten out of the yard, been hit by a car, and had injured her right front leg
so severely that it dangled uselessly, all nerve sensation lost. Although she had
been treated by a veterinarian after the accident, there was nothing more that
could be done for her permanently nerve-damaged leg.
Unable to use the numb limb, Penelope
simply dragged it around, and it quickly became covered with bleeding sores.
The only solution was amputation, but Janice is a single mother on a limited
budget who couldn't afford the surgery. Heartbroken, she and Jayke were faced
with euthanizing their otherwise healthy, happy dog.
In a letter to the editor of the local newspaper, Jayke describes what happened next: "Finally, I called PETA to see if they could help. They agreed to
do the amputation in their mobile clinic and worked with us to make the cost
manageable—about a tenth of what I had been told by the vet it would cost me.
They saved my Penelope's life and helped us when no one else would. I am
forever grateful to PETA for all they have done."
Happy to oblige! We're just glad that Penelope is on the road to
recovery and back to greeting Janice and Jayke at the door with her signature
hugs, albeit minus an "arm."
What You Can Do
Please support PETA's no-cost to low-cost mobile spay/neuter clinics, which also provide low-cost vaccinations, flea
treatment, and the occasional emergency surgery. Because the clinics offer services
below cost, they operate at a loss and therefore rely on donations to keep the
doors open and the wheels rolling.
are the staffers at the Sam Simon Center—PETA's
Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters—having a hard
time getting their work done right now? Because two little pups are making for
one big distraction.
and Cupcake are as beautiful and sweet as their names suggest. They were given
up by someone whose dachshund and Chihuahua didn't get "fixed," which
resulted in several "oops"
now at the PETA office, they are making for several "Oops, I've gotta get
back to work" moments. What starts out as a brief trip to the kitchen or
copier more often than not involves a detour to take Daisy and Cupcake for a
walk or give them a tummy rub—both of which
the pups love. The staffers who are seated near the "Daisy and Cupcake
room" have resorted to earplugs to block out the near-constant squeals of
delight from employees and pups.
now, we are searching for the ideal home for the two—preferably
together! Cupcake is about 3 months old, and even though she's still a tad shy,
she's showing glimpses of that typical puppy personality: playful and always
ready to make new friends. Daisy is about a year and a half old and is a bit
more reserved. She would appreciate having a patient family who can coax her
out of her shell.
charming girls are crazy about each other, and we'd like them to go to a home
together. And as always, PETA will
provide spay surgeries,
vaccinations, and microchips. If your family can give
Daisy and Cupcake the forever home that they deserve—and
meet our rigorous adoption standards—please e-mail Adopt@peta.org.
Written by PETA
you've ever read one of PETA's "Piense
Antes de Comer" leaflets or seen actor Constance Marie's spay-and-neuter
billboard—or any of our countless other Spanish materials—you're already familiar with our outreach to Latinos.
But at Mama's International Tamales in downtown Los Angeles yesterday, we
celebrated a groundbreaking moment with the official launch of our newest
outreach division, PETA Latino! And the stars were out to celebrate with us. Television star Marco Antonio
Regil hosted the event, and actor Patricia
De León unveiled her new pro-vegetarian ad, reading (in Spanish), "Eat
Your Vegetables. They're Very Tasty." Hollywood beauties Daniella
Alonso and Mayte
Garcia were also there to show off their PETA ads and sample the delicious
and Patricia both gave impassioned speeches about the importance of reaching
out to the Spanish-speaking community and adopting a meat-free diet for
animals, human health, and the planet. And PETA's vice president of communications,
Lisa Lange, rounded out the afternoon with some words on PETA's ongoing
commitment to the Latino community and anyone who wants to live a compassionate
lifestyle, no matter what language he or she speaks. "Our goal," she
said, "is to make PETA Latino an indispensible resource for everyone in
and Patricia mingled with the dozens of supporters and reporters who came out
to share this groundbreaking moment for animals and even stopped to snap a
picture with their matching Pure bracelets
(made of all-vegan materials, of course!),
made by Energy Muse, which is donating a portion of the sales of the stylish
bracelet to PETA's lifesaving campaigns.
the fun didn't end when we were done munching on delicious vegan taquitos,
tamales, and pupusas. Back at the Bob Barker Building, we
got back to work strengthening PETA Latino with new Spanish outreach materials,
videos, and content for PETALatino.com. Check it out!
star Daniella Monet
unveiled her new ad for peta2—in which she encourages young people to let fish off the hook by not eating them—at a star-studded reception at the wildly
popular all-vegan Sublime restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Sunday.
an interview that can be viewed on peta2.com, Monet explains why she went vegetarian at the age of 5: "I went to a dude
ranch with my family, and I asked a lot of questions. And I got answers that I
probably needed to hear." As for people who say that they're "vegetarian"
but still eat fish? "Fish aren't veggies," she says. "Fish have
feelings, too, and fish are trying to live a life as well." She adds, "You
don't need fish. Let the fish swim with the mermaids."
also presented 12-year-old Rose
McCoy—a lifelong vegan and animal rights defender—with the Nanci Alexander Activist
Award, named for the owner of Sublime and a longtime PETA member. Among Rose's
many accomplishments, she has spoken (remember—she's 12) at a McDonald's annual meeting
and at New York City Council meetings, has formed an animal rights club, and
donates a portion of her cat-sitting money to PETA's spay/neuter mobile clinics.
in attendance were Mexican soap star Pablo Azar, who showed off his dramatic new anti-circus PETA ad, and NY Ink star Ami James, who did likewise with a new ad starring himself and his adorable dog, Bella.
other stars lending glamour to the festivities was model and TV host Elisabetta Canalis, a vocal animal advocate who would rather go naked than wear fur and who memorably locked herself in a sweltering car last summer to illustrate
the need to protect dogs
from the heat.
It would break your heart to see the difference that a
simple doghouse can make in a dog's life. One recent beneficiary of PETA's doghouse delivery program
is Passion, who was spotted by a PETA fieldworker when our Community Animal
Project visited the trailer park in which she lives to help a neighbor
transport her dog to our no-cost to low-cost spay/neuter clinic. Our fieldworker found Passion—and
her pitiful excuse for a doghouse, a collection of metal and wood filled with
gaps that had done virtually nothing to keep her warm or dry this winter.
We replaced her decaying, makeshift lean-to with a sturdy,
weatherproof doghouse and filled it with straw (which doesn't freeze as towels
and blankets do when they get wet). Like all our outdoor clients, Passion also
received a lightweight, tangle-free tie-out to replace her heavy chain, a toy and a treat, clean water, and a few
minutes of affection, which means the world to a dog stuck outside alone 24
hours a day. Passion was so excited by her new house and all the attention she
was getting that her whole body wiggled with delight. It was as if she'd won
Countless neglected "backyard dogs" don't have so
much as a cardboard box to shelter them from the wind and rain. PETA
fieldworkers have found dogs shivering during lashing nor'easters with nothing
more to protect them from the elements than end tables, patio chairs,
overturned barrels, shells of air-conditioning units, and pieces of plywood
propped against fences. Some didn't even have those. During the winter, these
dogs run the risk of suffering from exposure or frostbite or becoming
dehydrated when water bowls freeze. During the summer, lack of access to water
or shade can be fatal when the temperatures soar.
Dogs are pack animals who crave the companionship of others.
There are few things worse for a dog than "solitary confinement" on a
chain or in a pen or kennel. That constant barking that drives the neighbors crazy?
It's a cry for help.
If you know someone with an "outdoor dog," offer
to play or go on walks with the pup. Take treats and toys, which mean so much
to a dog who would otherwise have nothing to do but watch the mud dry. Make
sure that the dog has adequate food, water, and shelter (required by law), and
report neglect to animal control. And use our resources to help get a chaining ban
passed in your community.
Written by Jeff Mackey
Just what exactly is PETA doing to help combat the animal overpopulation crisis and provide vulnerable animals with assistance? This infographic breaks it
Help animals in your neighborhood as well as low-income areas
get spayed and neutered, promote adoption from animal shelters instead of buying from breeders or pet stores, and demand appropriate
animal-care standards in your community.
Visit PETASaves.com for more information.
Got your dancing shoes on? Several of PETA's celebrity
supporters do, and they've been showing off their best moves on ABC's Dancing With the Stars (DWTS). The animal-friendly folks tripping the light fantastic this season include the
Before he began cutting a rug on DWTS, this compassionate comic
took on the cutting-up of animals for dissection and (with a valuable assist from Martin Short) hilariously showed the unfunny side of a certain fast-food clown in his memorable spots for PETA.
The lovely professional dancer dazzled us in
her PETA ad declaring that she'd rather dance naked than wear fur!
The country chanteuse (who's also fur-free) has been wowing the judges with her moves and winning over viewers with her
sweet smile—not to mention the fit physique that earned her PETA's Sexiest Vegetarian Alive title. Being good to
animals is good for your body, too!
Zendaya has already shown that she has all
the right moves on Disney's Shake It Up—and by helping PETA help animals with a fundraiser at the
vegan-friendly Millions of Milkshakes.
Carrie Ann Inaba
This PETA pal, who is seated at the DWTS judges' table, partnered with her
beloved late cat, Shadow, in a stunning ad promoting spaying and neutering to end the animal-overpopulation crisis.
Keep on dancing, y'all—we'll be cheering you on every week.
To us, though, everyone who steps
up for animals is a Mirror Ball winner!
Back in February, PETA sent out a news release about the number of sick, injured, elderly, and
otherwise unadoptable animals we had to euthanize during the previous year.
PETA openly publishes these figures every single year and simultaneously calls
on the government and citizens to help promote anti-chaining ordinances (many
of the dogs our caseworkers encounter are aggressive or horrifically neglected
after having been chained outside for their entire lives), to help reduce the
cost of euthanasia of old and ill animals who belong to people with a low income
(these account for many of the animals PETA helps), and to implement
sterilization programs and laws to reduce the homeless-animal crisis.
In other words, old news is now
being regurgitated with a vindictive spin by—among others—a front group for Philip Morris, Outback
Steakhouse, KFC, cattle ranchers, and other animal exploiters that kill
millions of animals every year—and which do so not out of compassion but out of
greed. Before falling prey to the hysteria, please have a look at BermanExposed.org and ConsumerDeception.com.
PETA's statistics are also often used,
as they are being used now, in a truly perverted way by some "no-kill" evangelists to try
to turn people away from the "evil" of what is actually a dignified,
merciful release from suffering. They never give a complete picture, and they always
use inflammatory language and labels like "puppies" and "kittens,"
even if the animal was a 17-year-old dog who was unable to breathe properly because
of a heart condition. Such people are sure that if you shuffle enough animals
around from shelters to hoarders' basements or just throw stones at shelter
workers and call them "psycho" and so on, people will join their
number. But they offer no realistic
solution to the multiple tragic problems associated with easily acquired and easily discarded "pets."
who reads our website or receives our newsletters, in which we discuss this
issue regularly, knows that PETA has a division that does hands-on work with animals.
We run a shelter but in the most merciful way. We help—because no one else will—the
animals who are society's rejects in the area near our Virginia headquarters.
These animals are aggressive, feral, on death's door (often with large tumors
hanging from their bodies), or
otherwise unadoptable. We have published many blog posts about our caseworkers' heartbreaking work over
the years, and more information can be found at PETASaves.com.
It's important to note that the figures used by
anti-PETA campaigners are deliberately chosen because they are just the euthanasia figures. They do not
the more than 10,000 dogs
and cats PETA provided with no-cost
to low-cost spay and neuter surgeries and other veterinary services in
the last 12 months alone, the hundreds of animals delivered to large
high-traffic shelter facilities for adoption, the counseling and aid services
that PETA provides in order to enable people to keep and properly care for
their animals, and the animals we
have put up for adoption, like the cat currently featured on our website, whom we nursed back to (almost)
good health and who
is still seeking a
The "no-kill" shelters in the area
headquarters, like many such
places that sing the "no-kill" refrain for fundraising purposes,
actually not only refuse admission to animals (because they are constantly "too
full") and reject dogs and cats who are injured, sick, or dying but also refer
these "undesirable" animals to PETA, which bears the veterinary or euthanasia
costs. For more information on this topic, visit PETASaves.com.
People who are shocked to learn how many healthy or
adoptable animals have to be euthanized annually or are questioning PETA's
euthanasia record should ask themselves if they are spaying and neutering their
own animal companions, helping
people with a low income "fix" theirs, adopting from shelters instead
of buying from breeders and pet stores, funding education campaigns about
proper animal care and adoption (among other things), and demanding higher animal-protection standards
in their own communities. They should also look carefully at the photographs of
the animals who come out of the impoverished areas that PETA serves. Of course,
they should definitely not be eating or wearing animals or their skins, using
products tested on animals (who are usually killed at the end of the tests), or
engaging in any activity that results in killing animals not out of mercy but
for selfish reasons.
PETA is proud to continue to stand tall and roll up
its sleeves to help animals.
people talk about PETA's euthanasia statistics, those aren't just abstract
figures to me—my dog was one of those animals. Kodah, aka "Bug," was technically
"taken into custody and euthanized within 24 hours." It was more like
euthanized in minutes. That's because she was dying.
was diagnosed with cancer on a Friday and went downhill quickly. By 1 a.m. the
next night, she was suffering, struggling to breathe. I called PETA, and without
a moment's hesitation, someone met me at the building in the wee hours of the
morning. The PETA staffers who are certified to perform euthanasia are the most
caring, compassionate, gentle people I know. My sweet girl deserved the most
peaceful and painless end possible. She found it at PETA.
Almost a year after Kodah's
passing, a PETA worker found a dog running loose on the streets. She was a
starving, terrified stray who had to be lured with food morsels over the course
of several hours. I fostered Emma for several months, getting the word out by
putting up fliers, posting her picture on social media, and blogging about her and
her need for a good home. No takers. Luckily for her (and me), I was in a
position to adopt her. What would have happened to Emma had PETA not rescued
euthanasia numbers are decried by "no-kill" fanatics and others in
order to upset people. But behind those numbers, there are animals who need
help, and they wouldn't get it elsewhere. No one seems to talk about the much
higher numbers of animals helped by PETA's spay-and-neuter program—PETA has sterilized more than 90,000 animals for free or at a fraction of a standard vet's office fee since 2001, preventing
millions of animals from being born into a world already overflowing with
homeless ones. But those numbers aren't as "sexy." "PETA Saves Countless Dogs and
Cats From Abandonment, Abuse, and Neglect" just doesn't have quite the
same shock value.
PETA's mobile spay-and-neuter
clinics can't get to all the animals in need, and there just aren't enough good homes out
there for the millions of animals who need them. The shelters are full, and people
keep buying from breeders or giving up
their animals when their lives change.
you're angry about euthanasia, volunteer at an animal shelter or donate to PETA's spay-and-neuter
efforts—go out and do something. No one should point
fingers and complain because everyone is
needed to do something good, to take action and make a difference.
Written by Kristen Stine
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