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Duggars and Dogs: PETA Weighs In

Written by PETA | January 27, 2010

The reproduction debate’s heating up as TLC prepares to air the fourth season of its Duggar Family hit, 19 Kids and Counting. This season, the Duggars have upped their clan-size from 18 to 19, and it has some arguing yay or nay about the “Duggar-style” approach to reproduction. We say, as long as Jim Bob and Michelle are able to keep a roof over their family’s head and modern-modest clothes on their backs, there’s a far more important reproductive issue at hand. So, we’re offering to run this billboard in the Duggar’s hometown of Tontitown, Arkansas, as well as in nearby Springdale and Fayetteville:


Duggars Billboard


Talk about mind-blowing: One unspayed female cat and her offspring can create a whopping 420,000 cats in just seven years, and one unneutered male dog can father nearly limitless litters. Roughly half of the estimated 6 to 8 million cats and dogs who enter U.S. animal shelters every year are euthanized because there aren’t enough good homes for them. Many more are abandoned on the street, left to fend for themselves, and many are subjected to acts of cruelty, starvation, disease, or injuries.

The solution is simple: Spay and neuter companion animals.

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • Me says:

    Get over it, it’s their lifestyle, they obviously love their kid and treat them well, and 19 more people isn’t going to over populate the earth.

  • Michaela says:

    Its disgusting that we actually allow a tv show to be broadcast that encourages having this many kids and over-breeding. This planet is overpopulated enough. We can BARELY sustain the current population as it is, and it will only get worse. Over-population is destroying and stripping our natural resources. Not to mention the millions of starving and homeless children that need to be adopted, its SELFISH to keep popping out kids just because you want “one of your own”. If your rich and can afford to take care of multiple kids fine, go adopt 4-5 of them. Don;t put pressure on your children to get knocked up for the sake of your TV show.

  • hbergmueller says:

    Interesting how one of the commercials during the Duggers show talked about “hoarding”.

  • T. Caulfield says:

    I’m a stone cold liberal and an animal lover. However you’ve really crossed the line here. Trying to take out a billboard making pointed fun of a family in their hometown is beyond low. Do I believe you have a right to free speech? Yes you have a right to make fools of yourselves. Your cause however deserves far far better. I have nothing but contempt for whoever cooked up this idiotic idea. You should seriously consider a regime of drug testing amongst your employees.

  • Susan Rogers Bonne Terre MO says:

    I would rather see one family that loves all 19 of their children than a family that has 1 or 2 and abuses them in some instances even kill them. I say leave the Duggers alone and be the best parents you can be.

  • Joyce says:

    I can not believe some of the comments about the Duggars. People have a choice to have as many kids they want. PETA and people need to educate themselves on their believes instead of leaving nasty comments. We all have different opinions about the Duggars but that doesn’t make us right. Have you ever thought that we might be WRONG? That’s why people need to educate themselves about their believes and stop judging them. It’s really none of our business of how many kids they have. They take care of them and its not hurting us. As far as the children helping out I think its great that they have some responsibilities. They grow up to be better people.

  • Laura C says:

    Ms. Solte. I think you are being plain stupid. The Duggars are a good christian family. They take very good care of their children They provide very well for them. And if they decide to have more kids it is their business. AS far as someone comparing them to Octomom There is no comparison. That woman can’t care for her kids She runs a website to beg for money she cannot provide for them. She is living on welfare and donations. There is a huge difference between them.

  • merrie says:

    I love the billboard and think it makes its point well but I predict the Duggars will fight it. I happily chose not to have children and can’t understand anyone choosing to have so many. Maybe they don’t know how they keep getting pregnant? Just kidding…kind of….

  • Ann says:

    My thoughts on the twokidspercouple theory If you think about it logically yes they’re replacing themselves but the two kids they just replaced themselves with would be related whereas the parents weren’t. Keep going down that line supposing that everyone did this and the gene pool gets more and more thick with like DNA httpen.wikipedia.orgwikiInbreeding I also believe it is better for children to grow up with responsiblities to the family and siblings. It prepares them to be better parents and people in general.

  • Greg says:

    re SceneMarieMurder People should have an incentive to “selfneuter”. I think if people were offered $1000 to be snipped they would line up in droves. I can’t imagine how much this would save in terms of healthcare costs social services welfare on and on. Nothing draconian here just capitalism plain and simple.

  • Chris says:

    Alyssa giving children responsibility is NOT abuse. It is actually a good thing and it enhances their selfesteem and sense of selfefficacy. Most delinquency is caused by bored kids with no sense of purpose. Everyone deserves a “job” including children.

  • Sandera says:

    I recently had a horrible experience after adopting a cat from the Humane Society. Long story short he was incredibly sick and within 2 days I had to sign him over to someone who could pay the astronomical vet bills to make him better. He was worth saving and I knew he wanted to stay alive. Anyway I was directed to petfinder by a couple friends and just last Saturday I adopted a 2 year old cat that had been fostered for a little over 9 months. He’s healthy adorable and best of all SAVED!! In a forever home!! It feels so good to save an animal and they appreciate it so much!!

  • Nunuv Yerbiznezz says:

    What the Duggars do isn’t childbirth it’s farrowing.

  • Alyssa says:

    Love the billboard idea but hate what the Duggars are doing. Such behavior is not environmentally sustainable and a lot of their family practices such as making some of the children responsible for the care of others are quite reprehensible i mean they are denying the older children a proper childhood when they essentially force parenthood on them. Just my thoughts. I think the world would be a better place if each couple had no more than 2 children. Enough to replace them in society without increasing the overpopulation problems facing the world today. Note however that I do not think we should FORCE anyone to do this just that I think people should be educated enough to choose this for themselves.

  • Ann says:

    Dratini….Correction most people who have a lot of kids do their research and know EXACTLY what they’re getting into I know my family did. People like you are the reason there is animal abuseno strike that abuse in generalin the world at all. Let go of your petty hate do your research and take care of and love everyone animals and people alike around you that you can. Soon the world will be a better place.

  • emma says:

    Nicola sarah and cara Thanx so much for your info and advice im looking through the sites you gave me so fingers crossed As soon as i told the lady at the rspca i had 2 cats she flat out told me i couldnt take the dog i didnt even have the chance to see if the dog would be o.k with my cats which i was so disapointed about. I can understand why they said it in case the dog attacked the cats but who’s to say it wouldnt have got on well with them. I just wanted to try but she wouldnt let me The dog was chained up in a back yard its whole life with another dog that it couldnt reach they kept barking at each other constantly and showed signs of aggresion towards each other but who wouldnt being chained up in all weathers the dog was very quiet and very timid in the cage though so it could have been just the stress of his living conditions that made him aggresive to the other dog. When i put my hand up to stroke his nose he showed no sign of aggresion at all he looked sad and lonely Ive been considering ringing them up to see if they can do some sort of test to determine whether he can actually be near cats without attacking them i just carnt stop thinking about him but if not i’ll keep on searching and if its good news i’ll let you know. Thankyou. xx

  • Keith says:

    not to mention all the meat and dairy that those 19 people consume daily. disgusting.

  • Courtney says:

    Both my “boys” are from the shelter. Everyone always comments on how cute and sweet natured they are. They look like twins ones a boxer bulldog the other a terrier type mixALWAYS ADOPT!! Your new best friends are waiting for you!

  • Aneliese says:

    I love the billboard! Doggies do multiply faster than Duggars but not by much. Sheesh.

  • cara says:

    Emma Four years ago I went to a shelter to find a PUPPY. Not only did I not want a grown dog I didn’t want a pitbull which the humane society had a ton of! When we went to look a 1 12 year old female pitboxer mix stole my heart. Her info said that she did not play well with other animals and we had a cat For some reason I couldn’t get her out of my head and decided to give her a chance with the idea that any animal can be trained to act the way you want it to. After two weeks of intense training mainly conditioning her to being around our cat and neighbors children she was sleeping on our bed right along side the cat and now they are the best of friends! I figure people who take their animals to the humane society haven’t invested enough time in them to really know what the dog is capable of…if you really feel a connection with the dog give it a try! I recommend using a mussel at first to help the dog get used to the kids and cat it seems to calm them down and make them much more submissive. I also called a dog trainer at first and he told me to watch the dog whisperer and try those techniques which we did and now everyone tells us we have the most well behaved dog they have ever seen! Good luck and I hope you can find a shelter puppy to make part of the family!

  • Ms. Stolte says:

    People overpopulation causes far more problems then dog cat or other companion animal overpopulation. Therefore it be nice if these Duggars would also be spayed and neutered. They do seem to share common properties with our unaltered companion animals They lack the intelligence to use birth control such as condoms. They breed regularly and continuously without being responsible enough to stop. Their minds are too primitive to think of the consequences of overpopulation.

  • Scene_Marie_Murder says:

    Rosa how is it not sustainable? If the family is keeping to themselves keeping a roof over their children’s heads providing food and basic nesecities then the family is perfectly fine with what they are doing. Yes I agree that is a lot of kids for one couple but if they honestly believe that they can handle it then that is their choice just like it is yours and mine and everyone elses choice to support PETA in what they do. No one is right and no one is wrong.

  • Sarah says:

    oopssorryemma! I did some research for you and found some great sites that you may or may not already know about. is a dog rescue site for UK dogs. has an animal section there are lots of purebreds for sale but there are also people who aren’t able to keep their dogs and looking for good homes. The best site I found is a lot like our Petfinder in the states it looks great you can even look at dogs by shelters or whatever other criteria you might be interested in. Good Luck!! My search lasted for six months or so and the little girl we brought home was meant to be the right dog will find it’s way into your family!

  • dratini says:

    omg I’m sorry but I really REALLY hate people who have a lot of kids. What is their problem? people who think it’s a good idea to do that don’t realize what they’re getting themselves into. And yes the billboard is completely true and I hope they see it

  • jen :) says:

    Awesome idea!!! I’m sure the duggars will be glad to help the overpopulation of animals!!! Especially if they know how many are euthanized just for being homeless

  • Nicola says:

    Emma I’m in the UK and I’ve googled ‘dog rescuesheltersrehome’. There are lots of other charities google them with your county or local area. There’s Blue Cross and loads of local charities and they normally carry details online of if they’re ok with kids and cats! Less chance of falling in love with one before you’ve checked it out!

  • emma says:

    Im from the u.k sarah so im not sure i can do that but i’ll have a good look and see what comes up. thanx for the info.It feels like im banging my head against a brick wall just because i want to give a dog a chance.

  • Sarah says:

    Jen don’t give up on adopting a dog from a shelter! Go on it will list all of the dogs at your local shelters based on your zipcode. I ended up getting my pound puppy from an spca event sponsored by Petco they didn’t care about kids or cats in fact I brought my 4 year old to help me pick out our dog. Now we are a happy dog kid and kitty family! So many homeless animals it feels so good to have given our dog a good life.

  • emma says:

    That billboard made me chuckle i hope the duggards have got a good sense of humour. I would have if it was me its quite funny. But adopting a pet from a shelter is harder than it looks i recently went to the rspca because i want a dog and i wanted to give a good home to a homeless one nearly all the dogs could not be homed with children under 10 i have a 6 year old or with cats i have 2i grew really attached to a dog that was mistreated and very underweight but i couldnt adopt because i have cats i was very dissapointed. I have been to the rspca nearly every month in the hope there would be a dog for us but every month the same no kids or cats. the dogs that was o.k with kids were already reserved. In my mind my cats were there first so i have to get a puppy so they can live nicely together but i dont want to support a puppy mill its a no win situation. I carnt get that dog out of my head but short of getting rid of my cats which i will never do i simply cannot adopt a dog from the shelter. But even if some dogs can be homed with kids you just never know if you can trust the dog because you dont know them and vice versa its a shame but its true. Im gonna hold out a bit longer from getting a puppy from a private home in case a dog suits my situation ie cats and kids. I just hope i can give a needy dog a home and soon.

  • jen says:

    those people should spay and neuter themselves. this behavior is NOT sustainable.

  • Rad_Rosa89 says:

    The Duggars should adopt pets for each of the 19 and counting children.