As Independence Day Nears, Patriotic Indian ‘Dog’ to Appeal to Amritsar Residents to Adopt, Never Buy

For Immediate Release:
13 August 2014

Benazir Suraiya +91 9004547382; [email protected]
Grishma Myatra +919820787382; [email protected]

Proudly Holding the Indian Flag Aloft, PETA Members Will Urge the Public to Say NO to Foreign Imports and YES to Indian Community Dogs

Amritsar – Accompanied by members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India patriotically dressed in traditional saris and kurtas in the colours of the Indian flag, a giant Indian “community dog” mascot will encourage passers-by to “get patriotic” and adopt only 100 per cent Indian community dogs – instead of buying foreign breeds from a breeder or pet shop – while waving the Indian flag. PETA’s dog mascot will hold a placard that reads, “Be Proud to Be Indian. Adopt an Indian Community Dog. Never Buy”.

When:     Thursday, 14 August, 11 am–12 pm

Where:    Outside the main gate of Company Garden (Rambagh) Mall Road, near the Amritsar club, Amritsar, Punjab 143 001. Landmark: Near skating rink.

Pedigree dogs sold in pet shops are typically deprived of proper veterinary care, adequate food, exercise, affection and socialisation. Because they 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 and eye problems. In contrast, Indian community dogs are healthier and more robust than their purebred cousins.

“It is simply irresponsible for anyone to breed or buy animals when there are millions of homeless Indian community dogs and cats languishing on the streets and in animal shelters”, says PETA India’s Grishma Myatra. “Every time someone buys a foreign purebred puppy or kitten from a breeder or pet shop, an Indian community animal loses his or her chance at finding a loving home.”

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