(CNSNews.com) – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) dispatched two of its members to a busy intersection in Little Rock, Ark., dressed as “giant condoms” to promote “safe sex” for animals.
“If cats and dogs could wear condoms, millions of animals would be spared from suffering and death,” PETA campaigner Virginia Fort said in a statement.
The PETA activists, decked out as extra-large contraceptives, stood at the intersection of President Clinton Avenue and North Rock Street in Little Rock last Thursday, waving signs that read: “Condoms Won’t Work: Fix Your Cat!” and “Dogs Can’t Use Condoms: Spay and Neuter!”
The point, according to PETA, is to get humans to have their animals spayed or neutered to prevent overpopulation.
“(T)he only way to get a handle on the cat and dog overpopulation crisis is to always have your animal companions spayed or neutered,” the animal rights group said in a news release.
The stunt was a follow-up to a 2004 campaign by the animal rights group promoting “safe sex for dogs and cats,” for which they hired Mexican actor Diego Luna.
Luna is best known for what PETA referred to as his “sexually charged” role in the 2001 film “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” which provoked controversy for its frank depiction of teenage sexuality.
The actor’s ads, which ran both in English and Spanish newspapers and magazines, said: “Animals need to have safe sex, too!” and “Stop unwanted pregnancies by fixing your dog or cat.”
A series of billboards in 2007 used the same message but had actress Constance Marie (of ABC’s “George Lopez Show”) posing with a wrapped condom.
Fort said the point was that, because cats and dogs cannot wear condoms, “it’s up to their guardians to take responsibility for spaying and neutering.”
According to PETA, about 8 million unwanted dogs and cats find their way into shelters in the U.S. annually, “and roughly half of them are euthanized because there simply aren’t enough good homes for them.
“Spaying one female dog can prevent 67,000 births in six years, and spaying one female cat can prevent 420,000 births in seven years.”
When asked if it was appropriate to dress up as giant condoms at a busy intersection -- and if there had been any complaints from parents -- PETA spokeswoman Robbyn Brooks told CNSNews.com: "Our demonstrations are held at noon, when many children are in school or child-care programs.” She added that most of the comments the group has received have been positive.
PETA members repeated the condom dress-up in Springdale, Ark., on Friday. Earlier in the month, members Savannah Bikoff and Dana Silvester also donned the blue and pink condom suits in Shreveport, La.
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