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People dressed in condom suits to adorn Five Points corner

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PETA members dressed in condom costumes on King Street in Charleston last week. (Source: Aaron Thompson) PETA members dressed in condom costumes on King Street in Charleston last week. (Source: Aaron Thompson)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Condoms don't work ... for pets, says animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

To make that point, two members of PETA will dress as giant condoms and hand out leaflets on animal birth control Friday afternoon in Five Points.

The group hopes to spread the word that having your pets spayed or neutered is the only way to help control the pet population.

"If cats and dogs could wear condoms, millions of animals would be spared suffering and death," said PETA Associate Director of Campaigns Lindsay Rajt. "But they can't—so it's up to their guardians to take responsibility for spaying and neutering."

According to PETA, between 6 and 8 million unwanted cats and dogs enter animal shelters every year in the U.S., and roughly half of them are euthanized because there simply aren't enough good homes for them.

Millions more never make it to an animal shelter and are left to fend for themselves on the streets, where they often are subjected to cruelty, are struck by cars, or suffer from starvation, disease, or injuries.

The solution, according to PETA, is simple: Always spay or neuter your animal companions. Spaying one female dog can prevent 67,000 births in six years, and spaying one female cat can prevent 370,000 births in seven years.

Expect to see the demonstrators around noon at the intersection of Harden Street and Greene Street. The group staged a similar demonstration in Charleston on Jan. 22. 

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