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ACC&D position statement:
600 Million Stray Dogs Need You

600 Million Stray Dogs Need You (600 Million), founded by PETA co-founder Alex Pacheco, claims to be developing a “permanent birth control dog and cat food to rapidly end the overpopulation, without killing.” The organization reports an initial focus on a sterilant for dogs; Mr. Pacheco and volunteer Scientific Director, Dr. Jeffrey Young, announced in September 2012 that clinical trials had begun, and 600 Million is currently seeking donations to support “Pilot Pups” engaged in these trials.

ACC&D appreciates the organization’s vision of managing free-roaming and feral populations more effectively and humanely through use of non-surgical tools. We would be thrilled if 600 Million could offer the product that it seeks funds to develop. Unfortunately, the organization has demonstrated a consistent lack of transparency, data, and results, plus a history of providing misleading information on the status of its progress and partnerships.

The organization’s aspirations and assumptions are lofty, including but not limited to: 1) a product that can sterilize a dog in a single dose but will not have adverse effects if multiple are consumed; 2) a product that will be safe if consumed by non-target mammalian species (which would presumably include wildlife and humans); and 3) a product approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and/or Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), plus international regulatory agencies, despite these aforementioned considerations.

ACC&D values scientific advancement, collaboration, and integrity. We have reached out to Mr. Pacheco and Dr. Young on multiple occasions, including inviting them to attend and present at ACC&D’s 5th International Symposium on Non-Surgical Contraceptive Methods of Pet Population Control, held in June 2013. They declined. We encourage 600 Million to share scientific information to support the progress they claim in their fundraising appeals. Based on past history with the organization, we are skeptical that their claims will match reality.

ACC&D has released periodic updates on 600 Million Stray Dogs, provided below. We invite you to read them; please note their date, however, and the fact that we cannot guarantee the information contained within is up-to-date.
  • January 22, 2013: 600 Million ramps up fundraising and promises of progress...

  • April 4, 2011: Update On "Super Birth Control Pill"...

  • December 22, 2010: The science (lags) behind the story...

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