PETA’s petition on White House website calls for mandatory spay-and-neuter law

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The White House has a new “We the People” website, where people or groups can create petitions. PETA has joined forces with renowned animal advocate Bob Barker on the “Stop Animal Homelessness at Its Roots” petition.

It was one of the first to reach the 5,000-signature threshold, meaning it is in line to be reviewed by the Obama Administration. The goal is – “a mandatory spay-and-neuter law for all animals adopted from animal shelters or bought from pet stores, puppy mills, and breeders until all homeless dogs and cats in the U.S. have been placed in loving homes.”

Also from the PETA press release –

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“The flood of support that our petition has received demonstrates how deeply Americans care about the millions of dogs and cats languishing in animal shelters or suffering on the streets—and how deeply they want a solution,” says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. “We hope that President Obama will very strongly consider our well-supported petition and act immediately to help homeless animals.”

PETA’s petition was launched by Bob Barker, whose commitment to spreading the spay-and-neuter message started in his The Price Is Right days and continues every time he signs an autograph. Many people heeded Barker’s audio announcement plea on, in which he said, “Let’s let President Obama know that dogs and cats deserve a voice in politics too,” and directed visitors to the White House’s petition site.

Every year, 6 to 8 million dogs and cats are left at extremely crowded animal shelters, and roughly half of them are euthanized because there simply aren’t enough good homes for them. Millions more never make it to safety. They are left to fend for themselves on the streets, where they may fall victim to cruelty, starvation, diseases, or injuries.

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I fully support this proposal. We must reach a point were dogs and cats are not being born into homeless – or at least minimize this tragedy as much as possible.

And the ultimate goal would include new, national breeding regulations that include mandatory, regular inspections for breeding operations and standards for care that include regular veterinary exams, time for play each day, kennels large enough to allow the dogs to move around and clean food and water.

We need to reach a point where only quality breeders are breeding pets. And we need to continue on a path of educating the public – including the fact the adoption is the best option and the fact that homeless pets are special and are the greatest.

2 thoughts on “PETA’s petition on White House website calls for mandatory spay-and-neuter law

  1. Thanks for posting this….it is news to me! I would suggest that the No Kill Equation would be more likely to be successful in lowering kill rates among shelters where directors and staff truly want to make a change.
    I do take issue with PETA presenting itself, though this petition, as a friend of animals considering its well-documented (self-reported) very high kill rate among animals it ‘rescues.’

  2. Donna,

    Thank you for presenting your thoughts on this petition.
    It is a complex issue. I wish we could reach the no-kill goal.
    The path there will also need to include education, spay/neuter, improved regulations on breeding, shutting down puppy mills and a ban on greyhound racing.

    The local municipal shelter in my home county is working with local rescues groups and produced a video titled – ‘It’s Cool to Adopt.’

    But we are here in the South, where the population of homeless pets is real problem. Too many people are still refusing to spay/neuter. There are more options available with a couple of low-cost spay/neuter clinics and voucher programs.

    We’ve got to somehow hold accountable the entities at the source of these problems.

    I too am not always in agreement with some of PETAs strategies (porn site, etc), but the organization has done some really good undercover work, for example.

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