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PETA holds condom-themed event on animal birth control

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Two animal-rights activists dressed as giant condoms handed out leaflets promoting animal birth control at a busy downtown intersection Friday.  The group hoped to encourage pet owners to their dogs and cats spayed or neutered.

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Two animal-rights activists dressed as giant condoms handed out leaflets promoting animal birth control at a busy downtown intersection Friday. The group hoped to encourage pet owners to their dogs and cats spayed or neutered. Photo Store

Two animal-rights activists dressed as giant condoms — one pink and one blue — handed out animal birth control leaflets at a busy downtown intersection at noon today.

The two PETA members staged their noon-hour event on the northeast corner of Portage Avenue and Edmonton Street to drive home the importance of pet owners having their dogs and cats spayed or neutered.

"If cats and dogs could wear condoms, tens of thousands of animals would be spared suffering and death," PETA campaigner Emily Lavender said in a written statement. "But they can’t, so it’s up to their guardians to take responsibility for spaying and neutering them."

The group said spaying one female dog can prevent 67,000 births over six years, while spaying one female cat can prevent 370,000 births in seven years.

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Updated on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 8:53 AM CDT: corrects typo

4:44 PM: Adds photo, updates story.

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