Caged PETA Members to Protest ‘Out of Touch’ Coimbatore Dog Show

For Immediate Release:

15 December 2011


Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

Group Urges Everyone to Save a Life: Adopt, Never Buy

Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu – Crouched in wire mesh cages, wearing dog masks and holding signs that read, “Adopt, Never Buy”, members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India in dog masks as they protest ahead of the Coimbatore Kennel Club’s dog show, set to open in Coimbatore city centre this weekend. PETA’s point? That it is immoral and civically irresponsible to breed dogs when millions of homeless dogs are forced to eke out a hard life on busy streets or languish in severely crowded shelters for lack of loving homes:

When:    Friday, 16 December, 12 noon sharp

Where:  Outside Tamil Nadu Tourism Hotel (Near Gandhipuram Bus Stand), #2 Dr Nanjappa Road, Gandhipuram, Coimbatore.

“It is civically irresponsible and totally heartless for anyone to breed or buy animals when millions of homeless Indian community dogs and cats are literally dying for a good home”, says PETA India volunteer Niranjan Shanmuganathan. “Every time someone buys a purebred puppy from a breeder or pet shop, a ‘desi dog’ loses a chance at finding a loving home.”

Events such as the Coimbatore Kennel Club’s dog show promote the buying and selling of dogs. PETA is urging people to skip buying animals sold by breeders and in pet shops in favour of adopting an Indian community dog. In cities across India, unwanted animals are abandoned on the streets, where they starve to death, die of untreated illnesses or injuries, get hit by vehicles or fall prey to animal abusers.

Pedigree dogs sold by breeders or in pet shops are often 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 breeds of dogs – including boxers, German shepherds and pugs – suffer from abnormally high rates of genetic and hereditary diseases. Common health ailments in purebred dogs include breathing problems, cancer, heart disease, bleeding disorders, skeletal malformation, eye problems and more. In contrast, Indian community dogs are healthier and more robust than their purebred cousins.

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