Intersectionality ‘Round the Interwebs, No. 16: Breast is Best (and Vegan!)

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

“IMG_1805”: Snout covered in milk, pink tongue flicking from her mouth, a young cow suckles her mother’s teat. CC image from destinyuk on Flickr.

Julie Urbanik @ Humanimalia: “Hooters for Neuters”: Sexist or Transgressive Animal Advocacy Campaign?

In the inaugural issue of Humanimalia, Julie Urbanik explores animal advocacy campaigns that trade in gender-based stereotypes in order to promote compassion. These include “Hooters for Neuters” events held by, among others, Best Friends Animal Society (et tu, Best Friends!?); LA-based Friends for Animals’s “Pimp Your Pit”; NYC’s Rescue Ink; and, of course PETA. (PETA, PETA, PETA!) While I don’t necessarily agree with the author’s conclusions, it’s a thought-provoking analysis nonetheless.

Mylène @ My Face Is On Fire: Fur and

Gary Francione @ The Abolitionist Approach: The State of the Movement

In a much lengthier post about single-issue campaigns (namely, anti-fur campaigns), Mylène refers to Professor Francione’s recent critique of PETA’s racist/sexist State of the Union Undress video. Both posts are worth a read, so rather than quoting gratuitously, I’ll just copy the point to which I responded in Mylène’s piece:

But is the fur industry really any more worthy of such ire? As one advocate recently pointed out Twitter, for instance, ‘fur’ is skin and hair while ‘leather’ is skin. To obsess over people’s wearing of fur while turning a blind eye to others’ wearing of leather (which is much more common and involves so much more loss of life) seems odd and illogical. Furthermore, as Prof. Francione often points out when discussing anti-fur campaigns, considering that a large percentage of those who wear fur are women, fur becomes a convenient and sexist target. After all, when’s the last time you saw PeTA demonstrators bombard a leather-clad biker with paint-balls?

Pause and savor that image for a moment, if you will, before we move on to less savory stuff.

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Kinship Circle: Historic Spay/Neuter Bill Needs Your Voice

Monday, April 13th, 2009

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From: Kinship Circle – KinshipCirclePrimary [at]
Date: Tue, Apr 7, 2009 at 4:31 PM
Subject: Historic Spay/Neuter Bill Needs Your Voice


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California: Spay/Neuter Bill Needs Your Voice Now

Judie Mancuso, President, Social Compassion In Legislation (SCIL)

20 A 501(c)(4) non-profit – reducing pet overpopulation through legislation
stc34 [at] *



Together, can make California a humane model for the nation. Our first SB 250 hearing is scheduled for April 15, 2009 in the Senate Local Government Committee. We need your letters and support calls as soon as possible. Please consider printing out letters for others to sign, then faxing all the letters to Senator Florez. Thank you so much for your dedication to pets in California and for your desire to help decrease euthanasia in our state. DETAILED INFO ON SB 250:

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Stephen Colbert gives PETA a tip o’ his hat…

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

…for making the consumption of “land fish” socially acceptable!


In all seriousness, there has got to be, at the very least, a veg*n sympathizer on The Colbert Report writing staff. Stephen is just too well-versed on animal issues. The Sea Kittens campaign, for example, hasn’t received extensive coverage from the mainstream media (not enough T&A), and yet TCR is aware of the campaign – and even understands it. (Good-natured mocking aside.)

To sweeten the deal, Stephen signed off Thursday’s show with a spin on Bob Barker’s “don’t forget to spay and neuter your pets” signature line:

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Spay Day USA! (Redux)

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Spay Day USA

As a follow-up to Susan’s post, I just wanted to remind y’all to check out the HSUS’s 14th annual Spay Day USA website at You can also find additional info on their main website, here.

And remember, it’s not just non-human animals who breed like rabbits. Yeah, I’m talking about the v-word. Hey, if it’s good enough for Rover, then it’s good enough for Roger. Snip, snip, snip!



Spay Day USA!

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

My name is Susan Daffron and I’m the founder of the National Association of Pet Rescue Professionals ( and the author of books on caring for adopted dogs and cats called Happy Hound ( and Happy Tabby (

Spay Day is February 26, this year and I thought I’d share a list of reasons why it’s so important to “fix” your pets because so many myths continue to exist when it comes to spaying and neutering. Here are three facts:

1. Spayed or neutered animals are healthier. Female cats and dogs can’t get uterine or ovarian cancer and the possibility that the animal will get breast cancer is greatly reduced. Neutering reduces roaming and fighting and most animals lose the desire to constantly mark their territory.

2. Spayed or neutered animals live longer. Statistically, animals that have been spayed or neutered live an average of two to three years longer than unsterilized pets.

3. Spaying or neutering saves money. Spaying is a one-time cost that is tiny when compared to the cost of providing care for a mother and a litter (or litters!) of puppies or kittens.

It’s a myth that it’s good to let a pet have “just one litter” of puppies or kittens before you get her spayed. The bottom line is that by letting your pet have that “just one litter” you contribute to the problem of pet overpopulation. Even if you find homes for the puppies or kittens, those critters produce more critters and the problem grows exponentially and quickly. One cat or dog who has babies and whose babies have babies can be responsible for the birth of 50 to 200 kittens or puppies in just one year. The reproductive rate of dogs is 15 times that of humans and the reproductive rate of cats is 30 times that of humans.

Virtually every pet rescue requires that adopted pets be spayed or neutered. These people work tirelessly to save animals every day, so do your part to help them help the animals. Spay and neuter your pets!



DawnWatch: USA Today and LA Times Patt Morrison on spay-neuter 7/5/07

Friday, July 6th, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at]
Date: Jul 5, 2007 9:37 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: USA Today and LA Times Patt Morrison on spay-neuter 7/5/07

Today, Thursday July 5, two huge papers include articles on the importance of spay-neuter. USA Today, the most widely circulated paper in the US, has an article on spay-neuter subsidy programs. And the Los Angeles Times has a column by Patt Morrison, in support of California’s Healthy Pets Act, AB 1634.

The USA Today article, by Sharon L. Peters, is headed “The fix is in for pet control; Subsidy programs help nip the problem of unwanted animals.” (Pg 5d)

Peters writes:

“While California is in the spotlight for controversial mandatory-pet-sterilization legislation under discussion there, the rest of the country is hearing an insistent message that, although far short of compulsory sterilization, encourages and facilitates spay/neuters.

She tells us:

“The simple math, experts say, is that far more animals are being born every year than can be placed.

“Despite successful campaigns to persuade prospective owners to adopt shelter pets, about 7 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters every year, and there’s no evidence that adoptions will increase enough to close the gap, experts say.”

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DawnWatch: NY Times and LA Times on pet overpopulation 6/30 – 7/1/07

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at]
Date: Jul 1, 2007 7:38 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: NY Times and LA Times on pet overpopulation 6/30 – 7/1/07

This weekend, the New York Times and Los Angeles Times have had complimentary articles on pet overpopulation. A Saturday, June 30, New York Times piece looks at the burden on families, with big hearts and small bank accounts, who take in strays but don’t have money for vet bills. A Sunday, July 1, Los Angeles Times piece examines the Los Angeles efforts to move towards no-kill. At the forefront of the Los Angeles effort is the California Healthy Pets Act, AB 1634, which mandates the spay-neuter of dogs and cats over four months. The bill allows anybody to get an exemption by purchasing an intact permit if they wish to breed a registered purebred, or if their veterinarian requests an exemption for medical reasons, and there are many other exemptions. So the bill would not ban breeding so much as put in some desperately needed speed bumps. It would allow responsible, licensed breeding and disallow irresponsible breeding. Please visit to learn more about it and find out what you can do to help.

The New York Times article, by Eric Eckhold, is headed “For Poor Families, an Added Burden of Too Many Pets.” (June 30, p A10.)

It tells us:

“Midnight dumping of unwanted dogs is common here on the southern tail of the Appalachian Mountains, where large numbers of poor people are attached to multiple pets but cannot afford to sterilize or vaccinate them, and where impoverished county governments do not maintain animal shelters, require licensing or enforce requirements for rabies shots.

“The combination of pets and poverty, veterinary experts say, brings similar results to many rural areas: unhealthy conditions for oversized animal populations, desperate efforts by often-overwhelmed individuals to help and a lurking threat to human health.”

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Kinship Circle: Monday – Last-Day Push for Spay/Neuter Law

Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at]
Date: Jun 3, 2007 9:16 PM
Subject: MONDAY: LAST-DAY PUSH FOR SPAY/NEUTER LAW ­ California Healthy Pets Act

Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Relief – LEGISLATIVE ACTION FOR ANIMALS

California Healthy Pets Act

Kinship Circle is forwarding this alert from the California Healthy Pets Coalition. While this mandatory spay/neuter law is state-specific (CA) — it sets a precedent for similar laws around the U.S., if not world. The opposition is phoning in from out of state, so please OUT-DO THEM. Phone/fax numbers for Assemblymembers listed below. Fax (Sunday and Monday) and call (Monday). Brenda Shoss, Kinship Circle

**Authored by Assemblymember Lloyd Levine (D-Van Nuys), AB1634 would require most pet owners with a dog or cat over four months old to have their pets spayed or neutered.

From: Judie Mancuso, judie [at]
Organization: California Healthy Pets Coalition
Subject: EMERGENCY please **READ NOW**



The legislators below are being HOSTILY TARGETED by the opposition in an ALL-OUT ATTEMPT to KILL AB1634. They have mobilized a large number of people and unless we can show an equal or greater number of supporters they may succeed in changing the votes of these legislators.

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LCA: Help Needed ASAP on Spay & Neuter Bill 4/6-10

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

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From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at]
Date: Apr 6, 2007 6:52 PM
Subject: Help Needed ASAP on Spay & Neuter Bill 4/6-10

Help needed this weekend and Monday & Tuesday for a monumental California bill that will require mandatory spay/neuter for dogs and cats. AB 1634 -The California Healthy Pets Act – will make California’s companion animals healthier, communities safer and save taxpayer money. Read on to see how you can help!

Help the Mandatory Spay/Neuter of Dogs and Cats in California

The California Healthy Pets Act (AB 1634) would require the spaying and neutering of most cats and dogs by the time the pet is four months old. It is authored and was introduced by Assemblymember Lloyd Levine.

Every year, over 800,000 pets are abandoned in California. Aggressive stray dogs roam through many neighborhoods, increasing the danger of dog bites and the transmission of rabies. And taxpayers spend $250 million to house abandoned cats and dogs in shelters and then sadly, euthanize (kill) the majority of these pets.

There is a proven approach to solve this problem: mandatory spay/neuter laws. With the wide availability of free and low-cost spay/neuter services, mandatory spay/neuter laws do not pose a financial burden for pet owners. It’s a common sense solution to the growing problem of pet overpopulation.


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Happy Spay Day!

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

UPDATE, 3/9/07, via HSUS:

Pet lovers across the nation came together last month to make Spay Day USA 2007 a great success! Look at what we were able to accomplish:

1. More than 300 spay/neuter events were held throughout February, most offering low cost or donated services to pets in need and feral cats.

2. To date, 28 percent of event organizers have reported a total of 9,050 animals having received spay or neuter services this year at Spay Day USA events nationwide. (Visit the week of March 19 for final results!)

3. Individuals and teams raised more than $89,000 to contribute to community events and to The Humane Society of the United States’ Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS) program – enough money to spay or neuter nearly 1,200 animals!

4. Nearly 100 community groups organized public outreach and fundraising events, from educational displays at public libraries featuring information on spay and neuter, to vegetarian “spay-ghetti” dinners, reaching more than half a million members of the public and raising at least $94,000 for spay/neuter.

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HSUS: Spay Day USA 2007

Monday, February 5th, 2007

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From: Humane Society of the United States – humanesociety [at]
Date: Feb 5, 2007 4:24 PM
Subject: Do it for love

The Humane Society of the United States: DO IT FOR LOVE

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February 27 is Spay Day USA, and The Humane Society of the United States is partnering with local groups to get tens of thousands of pets spayed and neutered.

Thousands of puppies and kittens are born every hour in the United States, and many will never find homes. Fortunately, spaying and neutering is a solution that we can all be a part of. It’s simple, effective, and saves pets’ lives for generations to come.

This year, The HSUS is thrilled to offer you fun and easy ways to get involved with Spay Day USA events throughout the country. Last year, 29,000 cats, dogs, and other animals were reported spayed or neutered at these events. I know that together we can make an even bigger impact this year.

Here’s how you can be a part of the solution:

1. Set a goal to help pets in the community of your choice or nationwide. Did you know that $75 will spay/neuter one cat or dog?* That might seem like a lot, but when you enlist your family and friends to help raise money for this worthy cause, you can set a goal to help spay or neuter five, ten, twenty, or more pets! It’s easy to get started, and you can do it all online. Click here:

2. Volunteer. Check out the local events planned this month and volunteer to help. If you can’t find an event in your community, then organize one! Click here:

3. Spay or neuter your pet. If you haven’t done this already, please schedule an appointment now. Click here:

And make sure your friends, family, and neighbors know why it’s important to spay or neuter their pets, too. Our downloadable brochure can help. Click here:

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IDA Writing Alert: Cracking Down on Pet Owners

Monday, January 8th, 2007

Shane and I plan on relocating to New Mexico in a few years, and news like this just makes me more eager than ever to move there. Chavez sounds like one kickass mayor!

FYI, Chavez does some light blogging here. Drop by and leave him a congratulatory comment, either on his blog or via e- or snail mail. (Contact info is listed in the left column, near the bottom of the page.)

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at]
Date: Jan 6, 2007 4:32 PM
Subject: Writing Alert: Cracking Down on Pet Owners

Time Magazine published an article about Albuquerque and other cities introducing animal protection legislation in an effort to prevent the animal overpopulation crisis. This is an excellent opportunity to encourage individuals to spay and neuter their animal companions and adopt animals from shelters instead of buying from pet stores and breeders. Send letters to the editor of Time at letters [at]

Read “Cracking Down on Pet Owners” online.

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