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Thousands Killed in Baghdad

Written by PETA | July 12, 2010

Some 58,000 stray dogs have been shot dead in Baghdad over the past three months, and people around the world are outraged. No animal deserves to be killed simply for the “crime” of not having a home

But while we shake our heads in disgust over what’s happening overseas, frustrated that we can’t do anything there, we can do something equally important, totally relevant, and incredibly helpful right here. Here in the U.S., right in our backyard, many more dogs and cats are being killed—and not always humanely—because people are still buying animals from pet stores and breeders while open-admission animal shelters overflow and “no-kill” shelters slam their doors in animals’ faces.

So what can we do? If you haven’t already done so, please pledge today—right now—to help get dogs and cats who belong to your friends, family, or people in an impoverished area of your city fixed. You can help by educating, persuading, and even—bless you—donating to no- to low-cost spay/neuter facilities such as PETA’s SNIP and ABC clinics. In June alone, PETA’s clinics sterilized a record 1,011 animals, preventing hundreds of thousands of animals from ever having to compete for homes. Here are some of our happy clients:








Even those dogs and cats who are lucky enough to find loving, lifelong homes often spend many lonely days or weeks behind bars, and it is often impossible to find homes for the animals no one wants—those who are sick, injured, unsocialized, elderly, or not cute enough to be in a calendar.

Spaying and neutering saves more lives than trying to find homes for each one of the thousands of animals who can trace their roots back to one unsterilized cat or dog—and it spares animals and those who care about them immense heartbreak.

Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post

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  • Jackie says:

    There are these really cool people in Northbrook IL in protest of a new dog store that opened in the mall.

  • Dean Wean says:

    RosiePETA’s right re “leave others to euthanize” facilities or whatever you want to call them. There are four of these places in my county that proclaim to shelter cats. But all are “full.” Always. Not one once has been able to accept cats I’ve called them aboutstrays trapped ferals etc. Not once. Always the answer is “We don’t have room.” Now how does that help the cats I find? It does not. And what becomes of cats found by lesspatient resourceful people? They get dumped or worse obviously given signs on all these places chirping about how its criminal to abandon animals. Ironic.

  • ANGELA says:

    Yes PETA is right. “No kill” shelters can only be “no kill” if they refuse entry to the majority of needy animals and leave the dirty work to the “open admission” shelters the municipalities etc. That’s just a plain hard old sad fact. No “no kills” from the largest one in Utah with the glossy magazine to the smallest can do anything but shut the door and say “no sorry we’re full” or they become hoarders with animals stacked to the roof or they have to kill. Sorry but I found that out the hard way by volunteering.

  • Pavan says:

    One thing I would like to say is I don’t like dogs because they bit. But killing them is not the solution.

  • lisa says:

    This is soo sad these dogs did not ask to be born they are merely trying to survive and unfortuantly in a Country where there is no neutering programs or help. This needs to be changed for the sake of those poor animals.

  • Dona says:

    Those who do all these things to animals will suffer.That is what I wish. when I hear a human being kills animals I wish that human was not born a person who does not love animals and kills animals can do the same with a person.He should be sent to PRISON.That is what I think.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    People in middleeastern countries have a very different view of animals than those in western countries. Animals are not friends or pets there dogs are used for herding or guarding other animals are used for food clothing transportation and lifting and moving heavy loads I once saw a photo of an elephant in India lifting and moving telephone poles. Also I imagine it is hard to think of the welfare of stray dogs and cats when daily life consists of suicide bombers IED’s allied soldiers raiding your home and hand to hand street fighting!

  • kate golden says:

    in Ireland 250000 cats dogs are killed by our local government agency under the environment act . This destruction cost 3 million per year for vets fees of needle injection . Dog warden still shoot dogs . The SPCA are campaign for snip chip . But the breeding sector opposed the bill Of legislation . May I ask those innocent creatures being shot for food in Bagdah ? Do not give out to me because of my comment . In the world war 12 people where resorted to eat their pets due to the shortage of food.

  • Tina says:

    58000??? Oh My GOD! I have 3 dogsone is a stray female at home… her name is lily… and she is the healthiest one.Dogs natural to certain environment are the best bet if you want a companion. How can you kill them…just neuter them and they should be fine… this is cruel and outrageous! I hate this

  • Me says:

    Have you read some of the comments on facebook the education system in America is on show! Please inform your members just how large this problem is how many animals are out there without homes how many are put down every year give them some hard facts people are shaking their heads at 50 thousand… they are gonna be puking on their laptops once they realise the scale of the mismanagement of man’s best friend.

  • Rosie says:

    Horrible story but it’s awfully rude of you to say that no kill shelters are “slamming doors in animals faces”.

  • Destiny H. says:

    I am the proud owner of 4 rescued dogs and fully support our local lowcost spayneuter clinic. All animals deserve loving lifetime homes.

  • Erika says:

    Kill is a crime…Human is responsability for animals…this world is for every body….why we have to right to killer animal? Is no to much animals in the world…is to much people too much populations