As Republic Day Approaches, Indian ‘Dog’ Says, ‘Adopt – Never Buy’

For Immediate Release:

23 January 2020


Radhika Suryavansh; [email protected]

Hiraj Laljani; [email protected]

Proudly Wearing Indian Tricolour Saris and Holding Flags, PETA India and Raksha Supporters Will Urge the Public to Say ‘No’ to Foreign Pedigrees and ‘Yes’ to Indian Community Dogs

Prayagraj – Just in time for Republic Day, accompanied by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and Raksha – Make a Difference supporters decked out in traditional saris and kurtas and waving the Indian flag, a giant Indian community dog mascot will encourage onlookers to get patriotic and urge prospective guardians to adopt a lovable Indian dog from the streets or an animal shelter, rather than adding to the homeless-animal crisis by patronising breeders and pet shops that sell pedigrees.

When:     Friday, 24 January, 12 noon sharp

Where:    Subhash Chauraha, Civil Lines, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh 211 001

“It’s irresponsible for anyone to breed or buy animals when there are millions of homeless dogs and cats languishing on the streets and in shelters,” says PETA India Campaigner Radhika Suryavanshi “Every time someone buys a ‘foreign’ pure-bred 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 India is urging people to stop buying puppies and kittens and to adopt a companion animal from the Indian community instead. Pedigree dogs sold in pet shops are typically deprived of proper veterinary care, adequate food, exercise, affection, and socialisation. Because they’re 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 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.

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