Blindfolded PETA Members Urge Corporation of Cochin: ‘Don’t Be Blind to Dog Suffering’

For Immediate Release:
22 September 2010

Madhuri Deshmukh +91 9820122602; [email protected]
Benazir Suraiya +91 8007593682; [email protected]

Cochin – Dressed in black formals and blindfolds, supporters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India will hold placards reading, “Cochin: Don’t Be Blind to Dog Suffering; Support Sterilisation”. They will also hand out leaflets describing the benefits of ABC: animal birth control. Although the law bans the cruel killing of community dogs and requires local authorities to sterilise them, PETA has received reports that Cochin’s dogs are being roughly handled and barbarically killed in order to control their population. The educational event is part of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s and DAYA’s efforts to combat animal overpopulation.

Date:    Thursday, 23 September
Time:    12 noon
Place:   In front of Corporation of Cochin, Ernakulam, Kerala

Cruel killing methods such as poisoning cause immense suffering but do not provide effective rabies control or reduce population size in the long term because they do not address the root causes of animal overpopulation. Indian community dogs quickly breed and fill the void left by the dogs who were killed. Animal birth control has been proven to be effective in both rabies and dog population control.

Sterilising one female dog can prevent 67,000 births in six years, and sterilising one female cat can prevent 420,000 births in seven years. When people refuse to sterilise their companion animals or support animal birth control efforts, “unwanted” puppies and kittens get abandoned or are born on the street. Sterilised animals also live longer, healthier lives and are less likely to roam, fight or bite.

“To reduce the number of animals suffering and dying on the street, individuals must sterilise their animal companions and always adopt homeless animals instead of buying from pet stores or breeders”, says PETA India campaigns coordinator Madhuri Deshmukh. “PETA asks the Corporation of Cochin to fulfil its responsibility as well by sterilising community dogs and taking active steps to stop the cruel killing of Indian community dogs.”

For information on sterilisation and animal adoption, please contact Ms. Ambili of DAYA, Cochin, on (0485)2814199 or (0)9447921561.

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