Members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will dress as condoms and stand at the intersection of King and George streets today at noon to encourage people to spay and neuter their pets.

“If cats and dogs could wear condoms, millions of animals would be spared suffering and death,” says Lindsay Rajt, PETA’s associate director of campaigns, in a press release about the awareness-raising stunt. “But they can’t — so it’s up to their guardians to take responsibility for spaying and neutering.”

PETA is advocating fixing cats and dogs as a way to curb overpopulation. According to the most recent figures from the American Humane Association, only about a quarter of all cats and dogs that enter animal shelters are adopted, and in 2008, 3.7 million pets were euthanized in shelters. PETA estimates that spaying one female dog can prevent 67,000 births in six years, while spaying one female cat can prevent 370,000 births in seven years.

So, if you see giant pink and blue condoms handing out pamphlets near the College of Charleston campus today … that’s what that’s about.

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