PETA Members Wearing Blindfolds Protest Dog Show

For Immediate Release:
10 December 2010

Benazir Suraiya +91 9004547382; [email protected]

Chennai – Wearing blindfolds and holding a banner that reads, “Don’t Be Blind to Cruelty. Breeders Kill Shelter Dogs’ Chances”, members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India will protest outside the The Madras Canine Club’s Centenary Dog Show in Chennai on Saturday. PETA’s point? That no one should breed dogs when millions of homeless dogs are forced to live a hard life on the streets or languish in severely crowded animal shelters for lack of loving homes. The event is being sponsored by the Madras Canine Club and the Kennel Club of India, an outfit PETA calls shameful panderers to people’s unthinking desire to be seen with a Western breed of dog. In 2009, one dog died and two others collapsed from dehydration during the show:

When:  Saturday, 11 December, 12 noon
Where:  Outside University Union Grounds, Spur Tank Road, Chetpet, Chennai

“At shows like The Madras Canine Club’s Centenary Dog Show, breeders hawk dogs who are mostly unsuited to our climate and who suffer from ghastly genetic defects as a result of generations of breeding – all while millions of Indian dogs and cats go homeless”, says PETA India Chief Functionary Poorva Joshipura. “PETA urges everyone to sterilize animals at home and in the neighbourhood, and if you’re considering adding a dog or cat to your family, never buy from a breeder – always adopt.”

In cities across India, unwanted animals are abandoned on the streets, where they starve to death, die of untreated illnesses or injuries, get hit by vehicles or fall prey to animal abusers. Every time someone buys a dog or cat from a breeder or pet store, a homeless animal loses his or her chance at finding a home.

Breeding for certain unnatural physical traits, such as squashed-in noses or long backs, is also cruel to the dogs who are bred because it comes at the cost of their health. Because they are bred for a particular trait or look, pedigree dogs often suffer from a range of health problems, including epilepsy, heart disease and hip dysplasia. These conditions often cause extreme discomfort to dogs and sometimes result in their premature deaths.

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