For Immediate Release:
11 August 2010
New Delhi – Dressed in orange, white and green and accompanied by a giant Indian community “dog” mascot, members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India will encourage passersby to adopt only Indian community dogs instead of buying foreign breeds from a breeder or pet store. PETA’s dog mascot – along with a woman dressed in a traditional tri-coloured sari and a man dressed in a traditional dhoti, kurta and pagari – will hold a placard that reads, “Be Proud to Be Indian: Adopt an Indian Dog, Never Buy”.
Date: Thursday, 12 August
Time: 12 noon
Place: At Gyarah Murti, New Delhi
PETA is urging people to resist the temptation to buy a foreign purebred animal from a breeder or pet store. As cute as they may be, most puppies and kittens sold in pet stores are typically deprived of proper veterinary care, adequate food, exercise, love and socialisation.
Pedigree dogs are bred for certain unnatural physical traits such as long ears or drooping backs. As a result, many foreign dog breeds – 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.
Buying an animal from a pet shop or breeder also contributes to the severe dog and cat overpopulation crisis because there are currently too many animals and not enough good homes.
“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 across India”, says PETA India’s Madhuri Deshmukh. “Every time someone buys a foreign purebred puppy or kitten from a breeder or pet store, an Indian community animal loses his or her chance at finding a loving home.”
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.