'Octomom' Nadya Suleman unveils spay and neuter sign for PETA on her front lawn
Nadya Suleman, the 34-year-old mother of 14 whose delivery of eight babies conceived through in vitro fertilization last year earned her the nickname "Octomom," has made good on her promise to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals by unveiling a sign promoting animal birth control in her front yard.
Facing financial difficulties that could have meant eviction from her La Habra home, Suleman agreed in March to place the sign advocating spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats in her yard. Around the same time, she declined an offer from an adult-film production company to appear in a porn movie.
"No porn. Just Peta. Nadya prefers animals over men," her lawyer Jeff Czech wrote by way of an explanation in an e-mail to the Associated Press.
The sign, which measures 3 feet by 4 feet, reads, "Don't let your dog or cat become an 'octomom.' Always spay or neuter. PETA." Alongside the text is an image of a cat nursing a litter of young kittens. In exchange for the advertising placement, Suleman will receive a $5,000 payment from PETA and a month's supply of vegan hot dogs and Boca burgers. Suleman has said that she typically spends $1,000 each month on groceries.
"I love animals and I do believe they should be spayed or neutered," Suleman said at the unveiling ceremony Wednesday morning, at which she appeared wearing an animal rights-themed T-shirt. "Humans of course are much different."
According to PETA, news of Suleman's willingness to display the "Don't let your dog or cat become an 'octomom' " sign has resulted in an outpouring of interest from animal lovers who want to display similar signs. In response, the group has offered to give replica signs to the first 100 people who sign up to receive one on its blog, The PETA Files.
-- Lindsay Barnett
Photo: Suleman poses alongside a PETA supporter in a dog suit in front of her La Habra home during the May 19 unveiling ceremony. Credit: Gabriel Bouys / AFP/Getty Images