Ever since Rush Limbaugh's inflammatory remarks about Sandra Fluke and birth control, advertisers have been trying to put serious space between themselves and The Rush Limbaugh Show.
So PETA is asking that Rush air their 30-second ad about spaying and neutering pets in the recently vacant spots.
"Conservative, liberal, or anything else: Can't we all agree that America has millions more dogs and cats than it has good homes for them to go to?
Rush Limbaugh has a unique opportunity to use his platform to help PETA promote lifesaving spay-and-neuter surgeries—the only way to end the animal overpopulation crisis."
It'd be ridiculous not to let PETA air their ad because regardless of politics, who wants more homeless animals to end up in shelters??
The full letter is below:
"Dear Mr. Limbaugh,
I am writing on behalf of PETA with a proposal to turn the past week's bitter arguments about contraceptives into a positive matter.
Please help us promote the one kind of birth control that all Americans can agree on: spaying and neutering dogs and cats in order to abate the tragic animal overpopulation crisis. Would you consider running our 30-second public service announcement, which you can hear at http://www.peta.org/mediacenter/ads/radio-ads/Spay-Today.aspx, during any advertising slot on your show that may now be available?
Three to 4 million dogs and cats must be euthanized in animal shelters every year for lack of good homes. Others are abandoned and left to fend for themselves on the streets, where they are often subjected to cruelty and suffer from starvation, diseases, or injuries. Many are not given veterinary care because of the economy and/or human callousness. Sterilized animals usually live longer, happier lives. Spaying females greatly reduces the risk of mammary and uterine cancer. Neutering makes males far less likely to roam or fight, prevents testicular cancer, and reduces the risk of prostate cancer.
At the moment, taxpayers shoulder most of the burden of unchecked dog and cat reproduction since municipal animal shelters are largely responsible for the significant costs of capturing, feeding, housing, and, sadly, euthanizing animals.
Cats and dogs can't write a check for their own surgery or get an HMO to cover it. It's up to all guardians to be responsible and get their animals spayed or neutered. Will you help us promote this essential form of birth control? Thank you for your time.
Very truly yours,
Ingrid E. Newkirk
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