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Paris and Britney Screw Up Again

Written by PETA | July 30, 2007
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Sometimes, there’s more going on in the gossip columns of People and other celebrity-focused magazines than you might think. Most recently, there’s been plenty of chatter about Britney Spears and Paris Hilton’s new puppies, which completely glosses over what, to me, is the main angle for the story: That by buying animals from a pet store (and, as they have in the past, discarding them as soon as they get distracted by some pretty shiny thing), they may just as well be killing animals in a pound. It’s a simple equation—though I can’t say I have all that much faith in either of those girls’ ability to perform basic math: Getting a dog from a pet store means the breeders breed more, while the shelter animals keep dying to make room for all the cast-offs. Here’s what PETA President Ingrid Newkirk wrote to the girls, and you can read TMZ’s take on the story here.

Dear Paris and Britney,

So, you have popped into a pet store to pick up some more doggie arm candy. Your impulse purchases of dogs encourage others to follow suit, no matter how ill-equipped they are to provide a decade or more of care for a little dog who has feelings and needs and who requires patience, veterinary care, and stimulation other than nightclub music and bar laughter. Also, for every pet store puppy purchased, a pound puppy dies (and a breeder — probably somewhere in Arkansas or Missouri — is rewarded for adding yet another litter to the pet overpopulation crisis). A California bill that would have required most dogs and cats to be spayed or neutered-and therefore would have helped reduce the taxpayer burden for disposing of (killing) homeless animals-was recently defeated by greedy breeders. Perhaps you and other vacuous stars need to tattoo “Don’t buy while pound pups die” on your foreheads to remind each other of that home truth.

Very truly yours,

Ingrid E. Newkirk, President

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  • lynn says:

    Okay not ALL petstores are horrible as you make them out to be. I live in a small town and it’s more of a community thing. The woman that owns our pet shop is VERY caring about animals we don’t have puppy mills in this area. She has since stopped selling Marshall Farms products after I told her about the ferretbeagle animal testing Most of the dogspuppieskittens and ferrets she sells ARE rescue animals. She takes in stray unwanted and occasional shelter animals They are ALL taken to the vet and sells them after doing thorough background checks so it is more like adoption. She didn’t know much about ferrets and most of them were abused so she was a little afraid of the nippy ones so I agreed to volunteer there to help with training and care for them and when someone is interested in buyingadopting one she calls me so I can drill them about their ability to take care of them. She is VERY careful as to whom these animals make a home with they have an HDAI human disabilityanimal interaction program where mentally handicapped and physically handicapped people under supervision spend time with the animals every day take the dogs for walks everyday and so forth so NO not ALL pet shops are bad. But like I said I don’t live in a big city and this is more of a community thing

  • Dan T says:

    Ha this one person said they can’t find a single pet store that does not sell animals. I think he’s on to something… come to think of it every grocery store i’ve been in has food… wierd… we should convince one major grocery store to stop selling food 2

  • Beverly says:

    Carissa wrote “And how are the animals “discarded” when the women are done with them? I learned Paris GAVE her mother The infamous Tinkerbellnot just threw the poor dog in the trash can as the article sugests” Honestly what is the difference? Any with “animal children” knows they have feelings and emotions like anyone else. Take a minute and think of how you might feel living your life and then one day uprooted and given away to another home. This is no doubt an emotional event for an animal just as it would be for you or me. If you are unable to dedicate yourself fully time wise and money wise you should not be allowed to have animals in your home. I have six cats which we have rescued from shelters as well as three resuce dogs and two horses I also volunteer at cat rescue. There is a long screening process and there needs to be. It’s heart breaking to get a call from the county animal shelter after one of the cats you adopted out was turned in to them by its “owner”. PETA or “peta” as my daughter calls it may not always do things in a way I would do them but there is a lot of good that comes out of them

  • Anna says:

    Do something right for once blonde girls STOP SETTING THE EXAMPLE THAT ITS ALL RIGHT TO KEEP SUPPORTING THESE DAMN PUPPY MILLS. Do the right thing and adopt a dog from the local dog shelter and give them a chance. By doing that your helping poor shelter dogs and not supporting puppy mills.

  • Sydney says:

    Paris bought Tinkerbell from a breeder for 3000. I doubt she bought her other dogs from pet stores.

  • Dawn C. H. says:

    What a travesty that these subhuman females Paris and Britney are even allowed to care for another living creature. They should be barred from buying borrowing caring for and owning any other creature until they pass a “Pet Parenting” class. Maya my goodness!!! Where in the world have you worked??? I live in Arkansas and have worked for 6 different vets here in Oklahoma and overseas. I never even saw a cattle prod in any clinic I worked in. We used good ole pushing and encouraging the ill animals into the pens. I also had a ranch and a barrel racing quarter horse. He loved running the barrels. But in all the years I owned my horses I NEVER wore spurs!!! Haven’t you heard of “pushing against them” to go where you want?? I never even used a whip with them either. Just the site of the whip encouraged them to behave. One more point I worked at PetSmart for 2 years and I know how stupid people are with their pets. Even aquatics. It never ceased to amaze me of the stupidity of the clients and the staff including management. I filed a formal complaint with PETA about horrible conditions in the sick room of the PetSmart I worked in. What a tizzy it caused!!!!! It was wonderful. Although I was never allowed in the sick room again. Months later their telling expose’ about PetSmart could have been photographed or written about in the store in which I worked in central Arkansas. GO PETA!!!

  • Steven Rizzo says:

    Of course their buying from a pet store is a concern but my concern is also whether these ‘vacuous’ celebrities should be trusted with animals. It’s scary to think that these people are being trusted with other creatures’ lives. I also agree who doesn’t with what others having been saying in regards to these peoples’ celebrity status. They’re really not worth PETA’s attention or anyone else’s for that matter. There are many more constructive things that Ingrid could be spending time on. Besides anyone vacuous enough to follow their examples has clearly overridden any sort of thought anyway most likely including survival instincts. AND most people don’t have daddy’s hotel fortune to pay for people to make sure that they don’t forget to stop breathing.

  • kristen says:

    i cant belive want they do to their dogs it is just mean!

  • Maya says:

    Thank you Rojo dear. I appreciate it. But PETA would not benefit from my help. I can barely run a twobit stray cat shelter. Which brings me to what Christel said Christel I know what you mean. I have worked both for a “nokill” and an “opendoor” shelter. What I find is that the really progressive caring folk flock to the good shelters and the snobby backwards caregivers flock to the ones that you’re referring to. But until you’ve worked at a shelter you can’t know how devestating it is to adopt a sweet loving cat to a person who you think is wonderful only to have them return it abused or neglected half starving and have them say “I don’t want it anymore. It hid under the couch the whole time I had it and the dog just chased it around.” That’s why some of the shelter folks go so over the top when screening people. They just don’t want the animals to have to live a nightmare when they get “home”.

  • Jim says:

    Kelly I guess you’ve never been in a rural area for longer than it takes to driver through it or fly over it. Believe me not everyone in a rural area is a character out of the movie “Deliverance”! Just because someone doesn’t live in Beverly Hill or The Hamptons or on Park Avenue doesn’t mean that mean that they are uneducated uncivilized and engaging in illegal activity. Why are people on these forums so judgemental and prejudiced against people who don’t live the same lifestyle as them? The world would be horrible if everyone was a stuck up snob like Paris Hilton or Kelly.

  • Lisa says:

    Jace if you use prods at your vet. hosp. remind me to never bring my animals there. My horses love to barrel race too but I would never use spurs and you know what they run just fine without them. I do agree not everything is abuse in my book either but the good that these PETA people do far outways anything else.

  • Gracie says:

    This is for Jace. Were you too busy with your spurs and cattle prods to learn how to spell or put a simple sentence together? It would appear so. “Don’t twist every little thing into cruelty”. There are no “little things” when it comes to cruelty!

  • Kelly Ann Kelly says:

    Just remember folks everything was made by God including the animals. He cares for all of them as well as all He made and don’t think for a minute it will be forgotten by Him what people do with these creatures. For every action is judged and there will be a price to pay for mistreatment and cruelty. “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.” Mat 1029

  • amy lendman says:

    I am 100against buying animals from pet stores but i do have to say that the PetSmarts here in Orlando Fl every Saturday and Sunday have rescue animals from a lady named Judy who rescues animals and finds them adoptive parents. The PetSmarts here will not allow you to post anything on their boards for others to read that concern with the selling of an animal unless it is lost or found or needs a home for adoption. I love going to see all the animals that need new homes and I wish that I could take everyone of them home with me to give them a loving family. They also have the grey hound rescue there as well. I know people do not agree with different pet places but this is one good thing being done every weekend with these homeless animals. I hope we can help them and give them a better future and family to love them.

  • mujde dural says:

    thank you for this subject. There are a lot of cats and dogs in animals shelters waiting to be adopted..but people want white Persian Van white Angora cats! I have rescued a kitten 1.5 month old in an avenue with a very busy traffic it’s a cute male tabby but he’s still waiting in the vet’s clinic. I hate people wearing fur and abuse animals. Thank you PETA. Mjde Dural Ankara Turkey

  • lucy says:

    these kinda people only care about what they look like and the publicity. Lets put these people in the shoes of the animals that are being so mistreated and see how they feel eh?

  • rojo says:

    I agree with Mikes assessment of Ms Newkirk and think there needs to be a changing of the gaurd too. I vote Maya for PETA president.

  • christel says:

    I agree getting animals from shelters is the best way but some of the people that run and are in charge of shelters are just plain evil. they don’t really even care about the animals in them. I know of one that treat the animals badly and its almost impossible to adopt from them. They would rather kill an animal then give it a chance. It’s a so called “no kill” shelter. If there is one like that their are more.

  • Maya says:

    Yeah Tamara. I second that question. Thank you.

  • Tamara says:

    Maya wrote “I wish we could convince at least one major chain to stop selling animals.” Uh….PETA used to have a campaign like that coughPETCOcough didn’t they? How did that ever turn out? Stop selling those big birds did they? How is that policed? Is that ever policed?

  • Maya says:

    Stephanie let me assure you what PETA is doing will not leave the pet store animals high and dry. IF by some miracle the public ever stops buying from pet stores it will be gradual just like other forms of animal exploitation. No law or societal change will shut down pet stores quickly. That will take years if not decades. As the public hopefully realizes that shelters are the only good places to buy domestic and exotic animals the pet stores’ popularity will dwindle. Pet store owners will buy fewer and fewer animals until the last animals are sold. Hopefully people will also stop ripping off these poor hermit crabs and marine creatures from the beaches and so on and PETA will stop museums and “science centers” from selling them. Then only shelters will have animals to adopt. But the animals will be thought of as companions not furniture.

  • marilyn lipton says:

    I agree with the message of course and I think that it is needed and right on. I wonder though that if the tone taken was less scarcastic and inyourface it might be taken seriously by those two.

  • Maya says:

    Hey Mike thanks for the support although I know you retracted it later on LOL I do think that there is an unhealthy celeb obsession going on here. But like I said before it’s sadly the most effective way PETA gets attention. If we all gave 100 comments to the fish empathy posts which often go over like a lead balloon PETA would not be so convinced that they need to use celeb gossip for attention. I have been in the animal caregiving business almost my entire life so I will always put the wellbeing of lobsters snails cats etc etc first. I’m basing that on scientific evidence which shows that they are every bit as deserving of respect as humans are. I just hope we can all find creative limitless campaigns to open people’s eyes in the future.

  • Canaduck says:

    I’m not sure that telling Paris and Britney that they’re vacuous is going to turn them into PETA fans…

  • kelly says:

    Susannah those are EXACTLY the kind of people I am talking about “Backwoods” as in rural uneducated uncivilized illegal Often engaged in other criminal activity such as forced child labor tax evasion environmental damage etc Puppy mills are the modern day equivalent of moonshining

  • Stephanie says:

    I always wonder…what will happen to these poor animals in the pet store if no body does by them….I am in no way encouraging it. I rescue Goldens and am against buying any animal from a pet excuses…..but poor things…it is not their fault. They desrve a chance. No matter what the puppy mills will always make their ways into pet stores. I agree pet stores need to smarten up and buy from reputable breeders but for now that is not reality. Don’t these poor animals deserve a chance?? I just want some opinions! Oh and I totally agree…these celebs need to seriously stop using animals as a trend. It makes me sick.

  • Amanda Cline says:

    Don’t forget about all the stars buying customized new “breeds” of dogs like the puggle.

  • Mike says:

    I think that Maya is the only one here with a sane opinion. PETA may be trying to do the right thing but they’re going about it in the wrong way. Ingrid Newkirk needs to be fired from her high horse position and they need to put someone in charge who’s vision isn’t clouded by emotion. And go ahead don’t put this on the board because it doesn’t go along with what PETA wants to hear. Hypocrites…

  • Susannah says:

    As long as people like Britney and Paris are tabolid icons their idiotic behavior is going to cause commentary and picking up dogs as “arm candy” is par for the course when you believe that the world revolves around you and all your little doings. America made these “celebrities” and America can unmake them if we choose to do so. Meanwhile we can write to the papers that publish stories about them and protest their use of dogs and utter lack of regard for the animals’ wellbeing. Also to Kelly unfortunately the biggest puppy mills are NOT “backwoods” at all. The biggest ones are in Lancaster Pennsylvania where the dogs are rasied in misery by the Amish.

  • JESSI.D says:

    i can bareley stand the fact that i had to get a puppy from a kennel cuz my grandma owns a kennel instead of rescueing the dogs i have

  • Charissa says:

    First off I cannot stand to see any of these women get any media attention at all in the first place. They are clearly a waste of space. But lets be smart enough to not beleive everything we read just because someone has typed it. Are we sure they bought these puppies from an actuall pet store? And how are the animals “discarded” when the women are done with them? I learned Paris GAVE her mother The infamous Tinkerbellnot just threw the poor dog in the trash can as the article sugests. If someone were to ask me if they should buy from a pet store I would point them to the nearest animal shelter. But lets not forget that the animals that come from pet stores. They are still animals and will recieve a similar fate as the shelter animals if they are not sold. I hate websites that treat these animals as invalad. As if by simply not buying from these dealers will get them to go away and ignoring the fact these animals if not sold will sit in a hot store front window untillguess what they’re not puppies or kittens anymore and are destroyed. Worst part is they were treated worse while they’re alive than in the shelters. Lets stop wasting our time on these idiot celebrities and get to the real problems here.

  • rojo says:

    Isn’t this the same Paris Hilton who only weeks ago PETA was courting. Is this a case of sour grapes Ingrid “vacuous stars” etc. Surely these people need education not insults. And then it is their choice.

  • Sammy Rocko says:

    Your letter rings so true now if we could get everyone in America to read and actually understand it. If you talk to the clerks at pet stores they deny that these stores are propogating anything “bad”. Even the people that work at these mills have no idea that every puppy bought sentences a pound dog to death. Great letter thank yoU!

  • Shawn says:

    Do you really think they care? Why even bother trying to explain this to such self absorbed people. It’s a waste of time. Try doing something productive instead of wasting everyone’s time.

  • Jace Dolocker says:

    so…i see that you have to have your comments approved before you can put them on your that because you dont want other peoples oppinions to be seen?? only the ones that agree with yours? I work at a vet clinic and i have seen some pretty bad things and i have held off more veins of stray dogs than i really care to have and i agree whole heartedly that people are stupid and it sickens me to think of how they treat some animals..but what you people dont understand is the actions you say are “inhumane” at rodeos like using prods and things..they use those in every vet clinic i have ever seen on every bull and steer etc that i have seen…for the sole purpose of getting them into stantions to provide them with medical care…i also barrel race with my two horses which i love more than anything…i use spurs..and a crop…but you knwo what? my horses love what they do..they get so excited when they see the arena and the barrels set up and just run for it…..really what i think you need to do is get all sides of the story..and dont twist every little thing into cruelty…..

  • Maya says:

    Pet stores are also selling these poor exotic animals reptiles birds and the marine animals like snails are STILL BEING TAKEN RIGHT FROM THE COASTLINES AND OCEANS!! I literally can’t find a single pet store in my area that does not sell animals. Even the grain stores are selling them now. I wish we could convince at least one major chain to stop selling animals. Ms Bea is doing a great job I hope we can do even more to solve this problem.

  • Desiree Lee says:

    I know that not buying animals from cruel dealers and pet stores will help stop the companies from continuing but what about the animals right now that are being abused and neglected by those dealers? Save anmals in the future or save animals today?

  • Desiree Lee says:

    Unfortantly people listen to celebrities whether what they say and do is right or not. I feel that celebrities should consider what they say and do carefully just like teachers or goverment people because how they act has an effect on ‘normal’ peoplefans.

  • Stacy P says:

    Paris and Britney will probably need an interpretor to help them decode the letter that Ingrid wrote them!

  • Ana says:

    Please don’t forget the cat breeders as well. There are also those people that want to breed a cat with short legs and pass it off as a new breed. None of these people care about their health or wellbeing.

  • kelly says:

    Every single one of these puppies comes from a backwoods corrupt puppy miller. No reputable breeder sells thru pet stores. For photos and videos of where these puppies come from see For as long as stupid people keep buying these puppies through pet stores or websites the puppy mills will go on torturing dogs