For Immediate Release:
2 March 2016
‘Proggy’ Is for Progress: New Law Mandates Every Dog and Cat Be Desexed by 22 Weeks of Age
Fraser Coast – For becoming the first Queensland council to introduce mandatory desexing for companion animals, the Fraser Coast Regional Council has received a Proggy Award from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia. In addition to the framed award, the council will be featured on PETA.org.au. PETA’s Proggy Awards (“Proggy” is for “progress”) recognise animal-friendly achievements in commerce and culture.
“Too much sex can be a bad thing for our furry friends”, says PETA Australia’s Director of Campaigns Jason Baker. “Every new kitten and puppy born further decreases the chances of adoption for other animals already in shelters. Allowing animals to breed unchecked adds to the overpopulation crisis and sentences more homeless animals to die unloved, but saving lives is as easy as making sure our companion animals are desexed.”
Last year, the RSPCA alone received 133,495 unwanted and abandoned animals into its shelters across Australia. PETA Australia hopes other councils around the country will follow the Fraser Coast Regional Council’s lead.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.