Bodypainted in the Colours of the Indian Flag, PETA Members Will Push for Desi-Dog Adoptions Ahead of Republic Day

For Immediate Release:

24 January 2018



Radhika Suryavanshi; [email protected]

Shambhavi Tiwari; [email protected]

Supporters to Mark Holiday by Asking Nagpur Residents Never to Buy ‘Foreign’ Dogs From Pet Stores and Breeders

Nagpur – Bodypainted to resemble the Indian flag and holding signs reading, “Be Proud to Be an Indian – Adopt a Desi Dog”, three members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and The People For Animals Welfare Org will greet passers-by on Thursday, just in time for Republic Day. Their point? That prospective guardians should adopt a lovable Indian dog from the streets or an animal shelter and never add to the homeless-animal crisis by patronising breeders and pet stores that sell “foreign” purebreds.

When: Thursday, 25 January, 12 noon

Where: Samvidhan Chowk, Civil Lines, Nagpur, Maharashtra 440001

“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 animal shelters,” says PETA Campaigns Assistant Radhika Suryavanshi. “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 and to adopt an animal from the Indian community instead. Pedigree dogs sold in pet shops are typically deprived of proper veterinary care, adequate food, exercise, love, 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 than their purebred cousins.

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