Hockey India League’s Dabang Mumbai Hockey Club Promotes Sterilisation in New PETA Campaign

For Immediate Release:
18 January 2017

Sachin Bangera [email protected]
Shambhavi Tiwari [email protected]

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Mumbai – Hockey India League (HIL) fever has already begun, and Dabang Mumbai Hockey Club took time out of its busy schedule to speak up for animals. Today, at the Bombay Presidency Radio Club Ltd in Colaba, the team’s players posed with PETA’s cute and playful condom mascots as well as a placard that read, “Dogs Can’t Use Condoms – Sterilise Them” for a brand-new PETA campaign– which launches just days in advance of the HIL kick-off on 21 January. The players’ make-up was done by Ayesha Wadiwala, and hair-styling was done by Pawan O Duggal using cruelty-free Biotop Professional products.

“Countless animals in India struggle to survive on the streets – and many go hungry, are hit by vehicles, or are abused by cruel people”, says Benazir Suraiya, an associate manager for PETA. “Cats and dogs can’t use condoms, but we can get them sterilised and help ensure that as many as possible are adopted into good homes.”

Tens of millions of homeless cats and dogs roam India’s streets. Countless others are kept in animal shelters because there aren’t enough good homes for them. PETA advocates for the sterilisation of companion animals – a routine, affordable surgery that can prevent thousands of animals from being born only to suffer. Just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in six years. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce 370,000 kittens.

Sterilisation eliminates the stress and discomfort that females endure when on heat and greatly reduces their risk of developing mammary cancer. It also makes males far less likely to roam or fight.

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