PETA India’s Giant ‘Condoms’ Promote Animal Birth Control Ahead of World Spay Day
Dressed as giant condoms and holding signs that read “Dogs Can’t Use Condoms. Sterilise Them”, two PETA India supporters in Bhubaneswar urged residents to brush up on their ABCs: Animal Birth Control and help cut down the dog and cat overpopulation ahead of World Spay Day (28 February).
In Bhubaneswar and across India, unwanted animals are often abandoned on the streets, where they struggle to survive. Many go hungry, are deliberately injured or killed, get hit by vehicles, or are abused in other ways. Countless others end up in animal shelters as there aren’t enough good homes for them. Every time someone buys a dog or a cat from a breeder or a pet store, a homeless animal roaming the streets or waiting in an animal shelter loses a chance at finding a home. An estimated 80 million homeless cats and dogs in India are living in shelters or on the streets, per the State of Pet Homelessness Index report.
The solution is as easy as ABC. Sterilising one female dog can prevent 67,000 births in six years, and sterilising one female cat can prevent 4,20,000 births in seven years. Sterilised animals also lead longer, healthier lives and, in the case of males, are less likely to roam, fight, or bite.