Giant ‘Condom’ Promotes Animal Birth Control Ahead Of National Condom Day

For Immediate Release:
9 February 2012

Elisa Allen +44 (0) 20 7357 9229, ext 243; [email protected]

Photos of the event are available here, here and here.

Newcastle – Holding a sign that reads, “Dogs and Cats Can’t Use Condoms: Spay and Neuter!” a PETA member dressed as giant pink condom descended on Newcastle today in advance of National Condom Day (14 February). PETA’s point? Tyne Tees has England’s largest population of stray dogs per person, and the only way to get a handle on the cat and dog overpopulation crisis is always to have companion animals spayed or neutered.

“If cats and dogs could wear condoms, millions of animals worldwide would be saved from suffering and death”, says PETA Senior Programme Manager Yvonne Taylor. “But they can’t – so it’s up to their guardians to take responsibility for spaying and neutering.”
Thousands of unwanted cats and dogs enter animal shelters every year in the UK, and many of them are euthanised because there simply aren’t enough good homes for them. Many more never make it to an animal shelter and are left to fend for themselves on the streets, where they are often subjected to cruelty, are struck by cars or suffer from starvation, disease or injuries. The solution is simple: always spay or neuter companion animals. Spaying one female dog can prevent 67,000 births in six years, and spaying one female cat can prevent 370,000 births in seven years.