PETA looks to break into NASCAR with Dale Earnhardt Jr.

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 29:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Diet Mt. Dew Chevrolet, stands on stage during NASCAR After The Lap at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on November 29, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)

LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 29: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Diet Mt. Dew Chevrolet, stands on stage during NASCAR After The Lap at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on November 29, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)

The controversial animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, has asked NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. for space on the No. 88 Chevy the driver races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series.

Citing the recent revelation from the team that Earnhardt still lacks full sponsorship for the 2013 season, the organization sent a letter Thursday to NASCAR’s most popular driver asking for space on the car. PETA hopes to use the space to spread the message: “Always Spay and Neuter.”

As the group explains in its letter to Earnhardt, 6 to 8 million animals enter animal shelters in the U.S. every year—including thousands in Earnhardt’s home state of North Carolina, where PETA works to counter this flood of homeless animals by offering thousands of low- to no-cost sterilization surgeries every year—and half of them must be euthanized for lack of good homes. MORE>>>

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