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Letters: PETA and 'no-kill' shelters

February 13, 2013

Re "Woof, bark, bowwow," Opinion, Feb. 10

As John Homans points out, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals won't shy away from reminding everyone that Westminster, and the breeding industry it props up, contribute to the need for shelters to euthanize millions of dogs and cats.

Nor will we turn away suffering animals, as many shelters with no-kill policies do to improve their statistics. When adoptable animals come our way, we send them to high-traffic open-admission shelters, where they will have the best chance of being adopted.

PETA works to stop the animal homelessness crisis at its source. Since 2001, we've spayed and neutered nearly 88,000 animals at little to no cost to their guardians. We've called on governors and even the White House to promote spay-and-neuter legislation, and more.

Teresa Chagrin

Norfolk, Va.

The writer is an animal care and control specialist for PETA.

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