"The reason why so many dogs have to be put down
is because America isn't spaying and neutering their
pets." - Oprah Winfrey
have some big news to share with you, in case you
OPRAH SHOW EXPOSES BREEDERS AND FOCUSES ATTENTION
ON MASSIVE PET OVERPOPULATION
week's groundbreaking Oprah show exposing puppy
mills and the relationship of cruel breeders to
pet stores has opened up a new conversation across
our state and country. E-mails have been pouring
into www.CAHealthyPets.com from
responsible pet owners, excited about the nationwide
exposure, and my phone is ringing off the hook with
AB 1634 supporters invigorated by the program. Thank
you, Oprah, for focusing the country's attention
on the tragedy of massive pet overpopulation.
the incredible, heart wrenching expose, Bill Smith
and Lisa Ling visit Oprah and discuss hidden camera
footage they took of "high volume" breeders, also
known as puppy mills. These breeders can have hundreds
of dogs, and often times the breeding females live
their entire lives in small wire cages, never
even walking on solid ground.
Pacelle, President and CEO of HSUS, is asked by
Oprah if it's true that "99% of the animals in pet
stores come from puppy mills". Wayne says "There's
just no question about it. No responsible pet owner
is going to sell their animals to a pet store."
Virtually all dogs and cats in pet stores come
from puppy mills.
the show, Oprah urges viewers to bypass
breeders and instead adopt their pet from rescue
groups or local animal shelters. And, incredibly,
the program actually takes viewers inside a euthanasia
room to see a dog euthanized, just as over half
a million healthy pets are killed in California's
shelters each year. She urges her viewers to have
their pets spayed & neutered, saying:
reason why there's so many dogs that have to go
through that euthanasia process every day is because
we-the people who are supposed to be with the thinking
brain-are not using our brains to do what is necessary
to protect the animals."
VET EXPLAINS THE BENEFITS OF EARLY SPAY & NEUTER
in the show, Oprah's vet visits to explain the health
benefits of early spay & neuter. Here is the
text, straight from the show's website:
Shelly Rubin - who treats Oprah's dogs - says spaying
or neutering is one of the best things you can do
for your pet's health.
males, Dr. Rubin says neutering can change the dog's
behavior for the better. "There's no question that
if you neuter a male dog, you're going to do several
things. One, you'll reduce prostate cancer and testicular
cancer," he says. "Most important, you'll make that
dog a really good house pet because it won't be
chasing after females in the neighborhood. It listens
to you when you speak to it, and it won't be marking
urine all over the neighborhood-and your house-in
females, Dr. Rubin says it's best to spay them before
first heat. "If you spay them before their first
heat, and this is scientifically proven, you can
reduce the incidence of breast cancer when they're
older by somewhere near 90 percent," he says. "So
why wouldn't we want to spay and neuter our pets?"
Rubin says spaying and neutering are very simple
procedures. After a quick exam to make sure the
animal is healthy enough for surgery, it's given
a sedative and anesthesia. The procedure take about
10 to 15 minutes, and the animal can go home that
day. "While it costs some money to do it on a private
level, there are many, many free or low-cost spay
and neuter clinics all over the United States,"
he says. "That cannot be an excuse for not spaying
or neutering your pet."
Dr. Rubin explains that 6 months of age is "the
perfect time to be neutered". AB 1634
asks that pets be spayed & neutered by 6 months
of age, although the procedure may be deferred if
the owner's vet thinks it is too early for a particular
dog or cat.
groundbreaking episode of Oprah is probably the
first time that many people have learned about:
the horrors of mass breeding and pet stores, the
benefits of spay & neuter, and the scores of
healthy, adoptable pets patiently waiting for homes
in rescues and shelters across our country. Please
thank Oprah for her incredible show.
A brief note is all that is required to ensure this
issue will continue to receive the spotlight it
deserves in our media.
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for caring. Together, we truly will make life better
for Californians and our pets.
Sponsor / Campaign Director
AB 1634 California Healthy Pets Act