Brigitte Bardot’s 80th Birthday to Be Marked With 80 Free Spay/Neuter Surgeries

For Immediate Release:
September 26, 2014

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Sixties screen siren Brigitte Bardot will celebrate her 80th birthday on September 28, and to honor the original “sex kitten,” PETA will spay or neuter 80 cats for free at its mobile veterinary clinics, which serve low-income and rural areas of Virginia and North Carolina.

“Brigitte Bardot was one of the first megastars to speak up about the importance of helping animals, and it’s in her honor that we’ll ‘fix’ 80 cats—one for each year of her life—for free,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA hopes people all over the world will realize that they can join our tribute to Brigitte by helping to end the homeless-animal crisis by always spaying and neutering their cats and dogs.”

In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce an astonishing 370,000 kittens. An unneutered male cat can father countless kittens. Millions of these unwanted animals flood animal shelters every year, and approximately half of them must be euthanized. The less fortunate ones will never make it to a shelter—instead, they’ll be forced to fend for themselves in all weather extremes, lose battles with traffic and disease, and have no constant food source.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

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