by MPD
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patricia-arquettePatricia Arquette is  the latest celebrity to lend her name a PETA campaign, urging pet-owners to ALWAYS spay and neuter their animals. In the new ad, Arquette poses beside the tagline “Envision a World With No Homeless Dogs or Cats.”

She says, “Half a million dogs and cats are put down in California every year—[one] every three seconds… I had heard over the years people say, “I don’t want to spay them before they have a chance to have babies.” There are half a million animals in our own state who are killed every year just because people want to have that experience.”

Arquette is also outspoken on the issue of fur and says, “I don’t like fur… My mom had a [fur] jacket from the 50’s … But the concept of buying fur today doesn’t make any sense to me. I’ve seen people in fur coats, and in my wild mind, I’m hoping someone will throw red paint on them!”

So remember, if you’re thinking of adding a cuddly, snuggly so-and-so to your family, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS adopt from a shelter and make sure your animals are spayed and neutered. Let’s help create a world where no animal goes homeless!

  • Elizabeth

    7 Things You Didn’t Know About PETA
    (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

    1) According to government documents, PETA employees have killed more than 19,200 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens since 1998. This behavior continues despite PETA’s moralizing about the “unethical” treatment of animals by farmers, scientists, restaurant owners, circuses, hunters, fishermen, zookeepers, and countless other Americans. PETA puts to death over 90 percent of the animals it accepts from members of the public who expect the group to make a reasonable attempt to find them adoptive homes. PETA holds absolutely no open-adoption shelter hours at its Norfolk, VA headquarters, choosing instead to spend part of its $32 million annual income on a contract with a crematory service to periodically empty hundreds of animal bodies from its large walk-in freezer.

    2 ) PETA president and co-founder Ingrid Newkirk has described her group’s overall goal as “total animal liberation.” This means the complete abolition of meat, milk, cheese, eggs, honey, zoos, aquariums, circuses, wool, leather, fur, silk, hunting, fishing, and pet ownership. In a 2003 profile of Newkirk in The New Yorker, author Michael Specter wrote that Newkirk has had at least one seeing-eye dog taken away from its blind owner. PETA is also against all medical research that requires the use of animals, including research aimed at curing AIDS and cancer.

    3) PETA has given tens of thousands of dollars to convicted arsonists and other violent criminals. This includes a 2001 donation of $1,500 to the North American Earth Liberation Front (ELF), an FBI-certified “domestic terrorist” group responsible for dozens of firebombs and death threats. During the 1990s, PETA paid $70,200 to Rodney Coronado, an Animal Liberation Front (ALF) serial arsonist convicted of burning down a Michigan State University research laboratory. In his sentencing memorandum, a federal prosecutor implicated PETA president Ingrid Newkirk in that crime. PETA vegetarian campaign coordinator Bruce Friedrich has also told an animal rights convention that “blowing stuff up and smashing windows” is “a great way to bring about animal liberation,” adding, “Hallelujah to the people who are willing to do it.”

    4) PETA activists regularly target children as young as six years old with anti-meat and anti-milk propaganda, even waiting outside their schools to intercept them without notifying their parents. One piece of kid-targeted PETA literature tells small children: “Your Mommy Kills Animals!” PETA brags that its messages reach over 1.2 million minor children, including 30,000 kids between the ages of 6 and 12, all contacted by e-mail without parental supervision. One PETA vice president told the Fox News Channel’s audience: “Our campaigns are always geared towards children, and they always will be.”

    5) PETA’s president has said that “even if animal research resulted in acure for AIDS, we would be against it.” And PETA has repeatedly attacked research foundations like the March of Dimes, the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and the American Cancer Society, solely because they support animal-based research aimed at curing life-threatening diseases and birth defects. And PETA helped to start and manage a quasi-medical front group, the misnamed Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, to attack medical research head-on.

    6) PETA has compared Jewish victims of the Nazi Holocaust to farm animals and Jesus Christ to pigs. PETA’s religious campaigns include a website that claims—despite ample evidence to the contrary—that Jesus Christ was a vegetarian. PETA holds protests at houses of worship, even suing one church that tried to protect its members from Sunday-morning harassment. Its billboards taunt Christians with the message that hogs “died for their sins.” PETA insists, contrary to centuries of rabbinical teaching, that the Jewish ritual of kosher slaughter shouldn’t be allowed. And its infamous “Holocaust on Your Plate” campaign crassly compared the Jewish victims of Nazi genocide to farm animals.

    7) PETA frequently looks the other way when its celebrity spokespersons don’t practice what it preaches. As gossip bloggers and Hollywood journalists have noted, Pamela Anderson’s Dodge Viper (auctioned to benefit PETA) had a “luxurious leather interior”; Jenna Jameson was photographed fishing, slurping oysters, and wearing a leather jacket just weeks after launching an anti-leather campaign for PETA; Morrissey got an official “okay” from PETA after eating at a steakhouse; Dita von Teese has written about her love of furs and foie gras; Steve-O built a career out of abusing small animals on film; the officially “anti-fur” Eva Mendes often wears fur anyway; and Charlize Theron’s celebrated October 2007 Vogue cover shoot featured several suede garments. In 2008, “Baby Phat” designer Kimora Lee Simmons became a PETA spokesmodel despite working with fur and leather, after making a $20,000 donation to the animal rights group.

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  • kay

    Elizabeth is spot on about PETA. There is NOTHING “GREEN” about the organization. They are radical terrorists plain & simple.

    I am sorry to have to add Patricia Arquette to the list of celebrities that I am boycotting.

    So it goes.

  • Keith

    Hmmm… I guess you’ve just made a compelling case to continue supporting the system of animal slavery, exploitation, cruelty, abuse and murder that PeTA, despite the same imperfections ANY other organization might have, works tirelessly to fight against.

    Do you have a better plan, or shall we all go order a baconburger and wash it down with a glass of milk while wearing a fur coat and leather boots as we test the effects of acid in a rabbit’s eyes and stick a few more electrodes in a monkey’s exposed brain?

    The humane euthanization of 19,200 animals (over ten years) too sick, injured or far-gone from human abuse to be adopted is a bit different than the systematic concentration-camp-style imprisonment, suffering, torture and mass murder of BILLIONS of animals EVERY year for the gluttonous convenience of a species that calls itself “superior” (kinda like a few ill-intentioned Germans in the 1930’s-1940’s… or did you think THAT was a good idea, too?).

    I long for the day when we no longer have to CREATE humane societies and instead choose to finally LIVE as one.

  • Leanne Mai-ly

    Well said, Keith. I may not agree with some actions of PETA, but it is hardly right to say there is “nothing” green about a group who works towards the rights and respect of all animals.

    I’ll be honest, this 19,200 number really shocked me at first, and then I thought about it… This is what I came to:19,200 euthanizations over 10 years is less than 2,000 a year, where the city of Chicago euthanizes 10x that many in one year, the US euthanizes 1,000+ times as many each year– and please remember, those who euthanize are not the bad guys here-it’s not out of choice, but out of tragedy, the greater issue of pet overpopulation is what peta’s campaign focuses on here to alleviate through education of spay/neuter & adoption. could peta afford to open a shelter? maybe… or maybe they partner with existing shelters and still can’t find them homes, and this 19,200 in 10 years are those that remained…

    I don’t mean to sound all kum bay yah on here but, I think it’s easy to look at bits of info taken out of context and tear apart different organizations because they are not perfect (as no group or company or individual is), or do things differently than we would, but I’m of the thought that we could do more if instead of wasting energy picking on or battling each other that we focus on the shared goals we have, and successes each contributes to that goal… we’re all on the same side, right? for the animals? for the earth?

    No one is perfect, I’m certainly not. But am I impressed with a group of people who work day in and day out to spread awareness for billions of innocent animals, and take risks that sometimes work and sometimes don’t? Most def yes.

  • Copyright

    I am a pet Lover..
    And I hate those people who killing inocent animals..
    Big thanks for those People helping animals.

  • Keith

    Thank you, Leanne! I really appreciate your comments!

    For anyone interested in animal rights, please see Stephanie Ernst’s blog at

  • Jeremy Buchannon

    All my respect goes to those suffering, be it you personally or a loved one. My hope is for quick medical advancement quickly to help all those in need.