Written by PETA
We thought that the lead up to India's 64th Independence Day would be the perfect time to urge people to show their patriotic side by choosing to adopt an Indian community dog instead of buying a foreign pedigree dog from a pet store or a breeder if they are looking to welcome an animal into their home.
So accompanied by patriotically dressed members of PETA decked out in traditional saris and kurtas and waving the Indian flag, a giant Indian community dog mascot held a placard that read, "Be Proud to be Indian. Adopt an Indian Community Dog. Never Buy", in Hyderabad.
Pedigree dogs are bred for certain exaggerated physical traits such as long ears or drooping backs. Many foreign breeds of dogs – including boxers, German shepherds and pugs – suffer from abnormally high rates of genetic and hereditary diseases. Common health ailments in purebred dogs include breathing problems, cancer, heart disease, bleeding disorders, skeletal malformation, eye problems and more. In contrast, Indian community dogs are healthier and more robust than their purebred cousins.
Besides, there are too many dogs and not enough good homes. Every time someone buys a foreign purebred puppy from a breeder or pet store, an Indian community dog loses his or her chance at finding a loving home.
Help save lives by taking the pledge to always adopt and never buy!
Happy Independence Day!
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