Leave it to PETA to turn a debate over the lives of millions of HUMAN BEINGS into a ploy to save a few dogs.
PETA is running a billboard in Arizona -- playing off the state's controversial, new immigration law -- urging people to adopt "undocumented" dogs.
The group contends that "dogs who are bred on purpose have nothing over those with unknown parentage."
Check out the new billboard after the jump.
The "papers" the group is referring to aren't citizenship documents, they're papers issued by the American Kennel Club to pure-bred pooches.
According to the group, buying a cat or dog from a pet shop or breeder hurts a homeless animal's chance at finding a home. The group claims that of the 6 to 8 million cats and dogs who end up in animal shelters each year, about half must be euthanized because a home can't be found for them.
"Arizona, like every other state in the nation, has more 'undocumented' dogs and cats than it has good homes for them," says PETA Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. "Lineage papers or not, the heart and loyalty of each animal companion is the same. People who are considering welcoming a dog or cat into their homes should always adopt and never buy."
Now that PETA's opted to insert itself into the immigration debate -- and hijack immigration-related lingo to save dogs -- and given the group's affinity for all things canine, we wonder how they feel about coyotes. Badop-ching!