For Immediate Release:
28 September 2015
Group Names Bambi the Top Dog
Bangalore – After hundreds of votes on PETAIndia.com and careful deliberation by judges from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, Bambi, whose guardian is Aishwarya Radhakrishna of Bangalore, beat out nine other finalists to be crowned the first-place winner of PETA’s fourth annual Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest. Bambi had earlier edged out hundreds of other lovable “community dogs” to become one of the 10 finalists. PETA created the contest to show that the kindest thing that a prospective guardian can do is to adopt an Indian dog from the streets or an animal shelter. Photos of Bambi are available upon request. The second-place winner of the contest is Kaya, whose guardian is Krithika Lakshminarayanan of Chennai, and the third-place winner is Sheroo, whose guardian is Ranjeeta Nath Ghai of Allahabad.
“Bambi proves that adopting a dog from the streets or an animal shelter can fill your life with a joy and love that words can’t express”, says PETA CEO Poorva Joshipura. “Although Bambi has won our contest, all rescued dogs are winners because they have found loving homes.”
Of Bambi, Aishwarya says, “She was hardly 10 days old when we picked her up with the intention to put her up for adoption, but when we learnt that this pup was thrown on the streets deliberately by a neighbour, we decided to keep her with us for a few days”.
PETA urges prospective guardians to adopt Indian community animals instead of buying puppies (or kittens) from pet shops or breeders. Because pedigree dogs are bred for certain exaggerated physical traits, such as long ears or drooping backs, many foreign breeds suffer from breathing problems, cancer, heart disease, bleeding disorders, skeletal malformation and eye problems. In contrast, Indian community dogs are healthier and more robust than their “purebred” cousins.
Bambi will receive a first-place certificate and a “100% Desi Dog” doggie T-shirt, and her guardian will receive an “I ? Desi Dogs” T-shirt as well as a copy of PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk’s book Let’s Have a Dog Party! The winner and runners-up will appear in an upcoming issue of Animal Times, PETA India’s magazine for members.
The winners were selected by PETA based on several factors, including vote count.