Bodypainted Like the Indian Flag, PETA Members and LPU Students Push for Desi Dog Adoptions

For Immediate Release:
21 January 2016

Neerja Khede; [email protected]
Shambhavi Tiwari; [email protected]

Students Mark Republic Day by Asking Jalandhar Residents Never to Buy ‘Foreign’ Dogs From Pet Stores and Breeders

Jalandhar – Bodypainted to resemble the Indian flag and holding signs that read, “Be Proud to Be an Indian – Adopt a Desi Dog”, three members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and Lovely Professional University (LPU) students will greet passersby on Friday, just in time for Republic Day. Their point? That prospective dog guardians should adopt a lovable Indian dog from the streets or an animal shelter and never patronise breeders and pets stores that sell “foreign” purebreds and add to the homeless-animal crisis.

When:             Friday, 22 January, 12 pm sharp

Where:           Jyoti Chowk, Jalandhar, Punjab 144 401

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

PETA is urging people to stop buying puppies and kittens in favour of adopting an animal from the Indian community. Pedigree dogs sold in pet shops are typically deprived of proper veterinary care, adequate food, exercise, love and socialisation. Because they are bred for certain exaggerated physical traits, such as long ears or drooping backs, many foreign dog breeds – including boxers, German shepherds and pugs – suffer from abnormally high rates of genetic and hereditary diseases. Common health ailments found in purebred dogs include breathing problems, cancer, heart disease, bleeding disorders, skeletal malformation and eye problems. In contrast, mixed-breed dogs – including those whose lives are at risk while living on the streets and those languishing in animal shelters – are healthier and more robust than their purebred cousins.

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