PETA Statement: Miami Heat Star Udonis Haslem Should Thank His Vet, Not Sue Him

For Immediate Release:
October 11, 2018

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Miami – Below, please find a statement from PETA President Ingrid Newkirk in response to Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem’s lawsuit against his veterinarian:

Udonis Haslem should be thanking his veterinarian for neutering his dog, not suing him for it. Today, there’s no excuse for breeding dogs when millions of them are filling animal shelters nationwide and literally dying for a good home. PETA urges Haslem to drop this lawsuit and come to see his dog as a member of the family, not to exploit him by selling his sperm and using him as a cheap burglar alarm.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind