It's about time they cleaned up their act...
PETA wants Pak's tainted trio to fix 'balls'
Indianexpress, Agencies, 15 September 2010
Condemned for their alleged involvement in spot-fixing scandal, the tainted Pakistani trio of Salman Butt, Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Aamir have been offered a chance to generate public goodwill by an animal rights group by starring in a different kind of promo - sterilising dogs and cats by "fixing with no-balls".
People Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) UK said in an open letter addressed to the trio and left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz who would be questioned by Scotland Yard in London tomorrow that they can help in sterilising dogs and cats by doing the ads to remove the 'balls' of the animals.
"Many of us here at PETA are big cricket fans, so we were saddened to hear the allegations regarding match-fixing. We would like to offer you an opportunity to generate public goodwill towards your team while helping to take the spotlight off this controversy: star in a PETA ad promoting a different kind of 'fixing' -- sterilising dogs and cats. No one would call you 'out' about that.
"No-balls may be a bad thing in cricket, but for dogs and cats, 'no balls' are a lifesaver. Because of unchecked breeding and a lack of good homes, millions of dogs and cats all over the world languish in animal shelters or are euthanised every year. Countless other animals, including many in Pakistan, struggle to survive on the streets - starving and being hit by vehicles and abused by cruel people. 'Fixing' dogs and cats by having them spayed or neutered is the key to ending this suffering," the letter said.
"Spaying just one female dog can prevent the births of 67,000 dogs in six years, and spaying one female cat can prevent 420,000 cats from being born in seven years. That adds up to millions of animals who will never be born only to suffer and have their lives cut tragically short. We hope you will take us up on this offer. It is a win-win situation."