As Independence Day Approaches, PETA’s Indian Dog Mascot Says, ‘Adopt – Never Buy’

For Immediate Release:
13 August 2012

Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Chani Singh; [email protected]

Dressed in Tricolour, Proudly Holding the Indian Flag Aloft, PETA Members Urge the Public to Say, ‘No!’ to Foreign Imports and ‘Yes!’ to Indian Community Dogs

Bhopal – Accompanied by patriotically dressed members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India decked out in tricolour traditional saree and kurta and waving the Indian flag, a giant Indian community-dog mascot will encourage passers-by to “get patriotic” and adopt only 100 per cent Indian community dogs instead of buying foreign breeds from a breeder or pet shop. PETA’s dog mascot will hold a placard that reads, “Be Proud to Be Indian. Adopt an Indian Community Dog. Never Buy”.

When: Tuesday, 14 August, 12 noon sharp
Where: At Bhopal Gate, across from Cambridge School, Idgah Hills, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Note: The event will take place rain or shine.

PETA is urging people to stop buying puppies and kittens sold in pet shops in favour of adopting an Indian community dog. 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 in purebred dogs include 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.

“It is simply irresponsible for anyone to breed or buy animals when there are millions of homeless Indian community dogs and cats languishing on the streets and in animal shelters”, says PETA India’s campaign coordinator Chani Singh. “Every time someone buys a foreign purebred puppy or kitten from a breeder or pet shop, an Indian community animal loses his or her chance at finding a loving home.”

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