Hockey India League (HIL) fever has already begun, and team Dabang Mumbai Hockey Club took time out of its busy schedule to speak up for animals. Today, at the Bombay Presidency Radio Club Ltd in Colaba, the team’s players posed with PETA’s cute and playful condom mascots as well as a placard that read, “Dogs Can’t Use Condoms, Sterilise Them” for a brand-new PETA campaign– which launches just days in advance of the HIL kick-off on 21 January. The players’ make-up was done by Ayesha Wadiwala, and hair-styling was done by Pawan O Duggal using cruelty-free Biotop Professional products.
Tens of millions of homeless cats and dogs roam India’s streets. Countless others are kept in animal shelters because there aren’t enough good homes for them. PETA advocates for the sterilisation of companion animals – a routine, affordable surgery that can prevent thousands of animals from being born only to suffer. Just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in six years. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce 370,000 kittens.
Sterilisation eliminates the stress and discomfort that females endure during heat and greatly reduces their risk of developing mammary cancer. It also makes males far less likely to roam or fight.