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

For Immediate Release:
13 August 2015

Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

Group Marks Independence Day by Asking Chennaites Never to Buy ‘Foreign’ Dogs From Pet Stores and Breeders

Chennai – 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 will greet the crowd outside Independence Day Park on Friday, just in time for Independence Day. The patriotic trio’s 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 who sell “foreign” purebreds and add to the homeless-animal crisis.

When:             Friday, 14 August, 12 pm sharp

Where:           Outside the main gate of Independence Park, Valluvar Kottam High Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai

“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 supporter Niranjan Shanmuganathan. “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 breeds of dogs – 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 living on the streets and those languishing in shelters – are healthier and more robust than their purebred cousins.

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