Millions of companion animals are euthanized in our nation's shelters every year. Every litter adds to the overpopulation crisis. Millions more die every year on our streets from illness, accidents, starvation, abuse and neglect.
- Animal Planet
- Marjorie Kaplan, President and General Manager, Animal Planet Media Enterprises
Stop airing programs that encourage dog and cat breeding. Encourage spaying and neutering. Encourage adoption, fostering and rescue instead of buying a pet from a breeder or pet store.
1.) Cancel "Dogs 101", "Cats 101", "Too Cute" and any other programs that lead viewers to believe that breeding is "fun" and "harmless".
2.) Replace these shows with more responsible, educational programs that focus on the realities of pet ownership; how to properly care for pets, the importance of spaying and neutering, pet health, vaccinations, training tips and discourage breeding.
3.) Encourage adoption and fostering instead of buying from a breeder.
4.) Remove the "dog breed selector" and "cat breed selector" sections from your website. This perpetuates the misconception that purebreds make better pets than mixed breeds.
5.) Develop more realistic programming. Too many pets are given up because pet owners aren't aware of the responsibilities involved in having a pet prior to getting one. Be real and truthful, focus on the positive as well as the negative aspects of pet ownership. Educate pet owner's about the genetic predispositions of purebred dogs. Stop sugarcoating the content of your shows.
According to the SPCA, "Approximately 5 million to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized (60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats). Shelter intakes are about evenly divided between those animals relinquished by owners and those picked up by animal control. These are national estimates; the percentage of euthanasia may vary from state to state."
Twenty-five percent of dogs who enter local shelters are purebred. (Source: NCPPSP)
Only 10 percent of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered.
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