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ch11 summary & vocab - Chapter 11 Attitudes and...

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Chapter 11 Attitudes and Influencing Attitudes Pet overpopulation is a major concern in the United States. 1 Each day, roughly 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. Many of these animals end up in shelters or are abandoned as strays. According to The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), an estimated 3-4 million cats and dogs are euthanized each year. That's one animal every eight seconds. Strays live short, harsh lives riddled with disease and hunger, while also contributing to the overpopulation problem. Organizations such as HSUS and ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) continue their crusade to convince pet owners to spay or neuter. They see spaying and neutering as a key element in reducing the number of unwanted, abandoned, and abused animals. Consider the statistics: one cat and her offspring can create 420,000 cats in seven years; one dog and her offspring can create 67,000 dogs in six years. Based on all its potential benefits, you might think spaying and neutering would be an easy sell. You would be wrong. Efforts to convince pet owners to spay or neuter continue to come up against heavy resistance by those with strong negative attitudes toward the practice. These negative attitudes are often based on strongly held beliefs that simply have no scientific foundation. For example, if you go to www.aspca.org you can find an informational brochure about spaying and neutering that discusses common misperceptions and tries to replace these with factual evidence, as the following excerpts demonstrate: Myth : My female cat or dog should have a litter before she is spayed. Fact : The sooner you spay your female, the better her health will be in the future. The longer a female goes unsprayed, the greater the likelihood of developing mammary tumors or uterine infections. Myth : Spaying or neutering will alter my pet's personality. Fact : Regardless of the age when spayed or neutered, your pet will remain a caring, loving, and protective companion. Any slight changes will be positive.
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