PETA promotes pet birth control

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'Condoms won't work': PETA message

PETA demonstrators took to the streets of Charlottetown dressed as condoms on Thursday to get people's attention and to promote animal birth control.

People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals (PETA) were definitely wrapped up in their message on Thursday.

PETA held a peaceful demonstration in Charlottetown, part of its North American-wide campaign to promote animal birth control.

Two of its members dressed as giant colourful condoms, one blue, the other pink to attract attention and it worked. They handed out leaflets on animal birth control and waved signs that read 'Condoms won't work - Fix your dog/cat'.

Emily Lavender, who works at the group's headquarters in Norfolk, Va., said it's a fun and upbeat way to remind people that preventing pregnancy for humans is as easy as wearing a condom but not so easy for thousands of cats and dogs.

"They can't open a condom wrapper so it's up to us to help save thousands of animals from an uncertain fate from our nation's already overcrowded shelters and that's by spaying or neutering,'' Lavender said.

According to PETA, 140,000 cats and dogs are currently living in animal shelters in Canada and of that number over 50,000 have been euthanized.

"Of those 50,000 euthanized, over 3,600 are healthy and adoptable animals and that's because there aren't enough homes,'' she said.

The group would also like to see people adopting their pets from animal shelters and not from breeders or pet stores.

"Every time someone buys an animal from a breeder or pet store an animal in a shelter loses the chance of finding a home.''

They argue that too many cats and dogs are abandoned on the side of the road to starve and freeze to death because their owners don't want them anymore or a pet had a litter and there aren't enough homes for all the cats and dogs.

Last year, PETA spayed or neutered 11,000 cats and dogs.

PETA's condom demonstration has been used across North America to hammer the point home. Thursday's event at the corner of University and Kent streets was met mostly with positive support from the public, save for two anti-PETA protesters across the street.

"We're trying to end animal homelessness by snipping it in the bud. People today have been compassionate and are upset by how many adoptable animals are being euthanized because there simply aren't enough homes. (Spaying or neutering) is a really easy way to help stop animal suffering.''

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Organizations: Ethical Treatment for Animals, North American

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Norfolk, Va., Canada North America

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  • Judy
    May 05, 2013 - 11:15

    Whether it's PETA or some other organization recommending we neuter or spay our pets really doesn't matter. The more organizations that get involved in reminding people of the responsibility of having a pet, the better. What we really need is to outlaw the selling of cats and dogs---and many other small living creatures. The outlaw of using live animals for use in laboratories and the outlaw of puppymills. Until those laws are implemented animals will continue to suffer. In addition, we need stiffer penalties for animal abuse. More education is needed and should begin in the lower grades in school. Maybe in a better world these things could happen.

  • Brenda Armour
    March 10, 2012 - 10:41

    I was the blue condom in this demo. I live in Summerside and when asked by PETA to join this demo for such a great cause - I said yes ! Thank you to the people in Charlottetown for such a warm reception. We had a blast and raised awarness for the overpopulation of cats and dogs on PEI. The Cat Action Team and the Low Income Spay and Neuter program are two wonderful programs who support our homeless cats and provide financial support to Islanders to spay and neuter their pets. Thanks to Emily for coming to PEI !

  • Really Now
    March 09, 2012 - 18:29

    I do agree that pets should be spayed and neutered, and reputable breeders have this clause And they will ALWAYS take back their dogs and cats if the owners can't keep them, it is in their sales agreement . Reputable breeders should NOT be put in the same catagory as Puppy Mills and Pet stores. How does PETA sleep at night when they say they are for the well being of animials then go ahead and do the following? Maybe this is their idea of keeping breeders from breeding??? Really........................ snopes's Avatar snopes snopes is online now Join Date: 18 February 2000 Location: California Posts: 98,186 Dog PETA poisoned water dishes at dog show Comment: Received this today: This has been making the rounds on a lot of dog lists ... the lady who sent it out initially was at the show mentioned below and confirmed the statement ... so, be on your guard people ---------------------------- By the way, this is a warning to all who show (your breed here) at the show this weekend (Belleville, IL) PETA terrorists put antifreeze in water dishes when dogs were out being shown. The handlers noticed the pink color (they said it looked like Kool-Aid) and changed the water, discovering by the odd smell what it was. It was announced over the loudspeaker to not put your dogs into their crates without checking water dishes first. Lots of people immediately took their dogs out and locked them in motor homes. We just decided that one of us would be guarding the crates at all times from now on. I am furious about it. This is what they consider Ethical Treatment of Animals? They are just sick people! One of many if you google

    • Where did your money go?
      March 10, 2012 - 15:53

      PETA is supported by donations right? How much was spent making those outfits? Is that where your money went? If PETA really wanted to make a difference, all that money could go to make spaying and neutering free. That's where the real difference would begin. A free service would be used. This display is to create "Public Shock" ! I wonder what the salaries are for those who work for PETA? And who wrote this article? how can 140,000 cats and dogs who are "currently living" in animal shelters in Canada, be living if over 50,000 "have been" euthanized. Wouldn't that mean less than 90,000 are living??

  • Rose
    March 09, 2012 - 10:52

    PETA is only saying what veterinarians and all SPCAs have been saying for years. Spay and neuter your pets and save lives. What is wrong with some of you people, making jokes and acting shocked because they are dressed as condoms. They are making a valid point, they are not hurting anyone and they are speaking for animals that cannot speak for themselves. If you are going to have pets then you are responsible for their health and welfare for their entire lives not just until you grow tired of them.

  • lenore
    March 09, 2012 - 09:39

    PETA is right on this one! If you own a dog or a cat, especially if you let him wander outside, you MUST pay for neutering. It’s your responsibility. If you can’t put money on pet care then don’t own one. Simple.

  • Thanks PETA
    March 08, 2012 - 21:21

    I love it when PETA comes to town. They're not afraid to get out there and make a bold statement for animals. It helps remind me what people are doing out there in the real world beyond the timid little shores of timid little PEI.

  • Brilliant mind
    March 08, 2012 - 17:17

    I have a brilliant idea. Let the PETA people put the condoms on the animals, and what is leaft over, give to people who are in need of them. PETA is a joke.

  • Sylvia
    March 08, 2012 - 15:01

    This is the first time I've agreed with anything PETA has done. I don't understand why people have cats or dogs and let them have litter after litter. I'd like to see all puppy mills closed. I'm a Humane Society supporter, have visited there many times over the years, and there are many beautiful animals there waiting to be adopted. It's sad to see them confined and looking as if to say "please take me home with you". No one should have a cat or dog unless they can afford to have them spayed or neutered. Animals shouldn't be disposed of like bags of garbage by side of road. It's inhumane. The story of Trooper, the cat who was rescued in NFLD, is an example of what can happen when an animal isn't being looked after properly.

    • Jody Hoheisel
      March 09, 2012 - 17:34

      It is not the reputable breeders putting dogs or being responsible for the dogs that end up in animal shelters. All reputable breeders take their dogs back if the owners can not keep them, and either spay/neuter them themselves or have them on a contract that states it must be done. All most all dogs in shelters are "mutts" not pure bred registered dogs. I applaud the people who chose a dog from a shelter knowing they do not know it's genetic background, health or temperment issues. However a pure bred dog breeder is trying to protect a breed not see if "morphed" into something else. They are doing their best at great expense and planning to keep the breed true. For PETA to link breeders to this problem is unjust. That would be similar to saying that a husband and wife having a child are responsible for the children in ophanges.

  • What's that you say
    March 08, 2012 - 14:57

    I propose we eat them, as long as they were raised free-range.

  • For the love of animals
    March 08, 2012 - 14:09

    What a wonderful message PETA!! Too many animal owners are not getting their animals fixed so that means more cats and dogs end up stray, in shelter, mistreated or euthanized. It is the animals who always suffers as a results of our actions. Having your animals fixed means that there will be no more breading of animals while there are millions of shelter animals who die on a daily basis. We need to rescue all of the shelter animals before we start to breed more. PETA may not be perfect but they do more on a daily basis for the welfare of animals then most. They do their very best to ensure that all animals are treated with the proper care, have a warm place to sleep, food, water and hopefully a loving forever home where they can just be a family pet. Kudos to PETA and all of the pet owners who love their animals, treat them right and get them fixed!

  • Jill Macdonald
    March 08, 2012 - 13:52

    What a disgusting display. Of course, that is why they do it...for the reaction. How many animals are put down under PETA-run shelters?

    • mcccccccc
      March 08, 2012 - 14:49

      How is this disgusting in any way? Are you really that offended by giant condoms with a smiley face?

    • Jarrod Yeo
      March 08, 2012 - 14:59

      Yes Jill. Disgusting. Dreadful. Awful. What a horrible thing they've done. Dear me, I've never been so offended in all my life. And look, they've received their cherished reaction from both you and I. Drat.

    • Douglas Magregor
      March 08, 2012 - 16:53

      PETA doesn't run multiple shelters. They have one shelter in Norfolk VA where animals are brought as a last resort. Most of them are involved in cruelty cases and suffering in pain.