As Independence Day Nears, Patriotic Indian ‘Dog’ To Appeal to Ahmedabad Residents to Adopt, Never Buy

For Immediate Release:
7 August 2013

Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Bhuvaneshwari Gupta; [email protected]

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

Ahmedabad – Accompanied by members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India patriotically dressed in traditional saris and kurtas in the colours of 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 – while waving the Indian flag. PETA’s dog mascot will hold a placard that reads, “Be Proud to Be Indian. Adopt an Indian Community Dog. Never Buy”.

When: Thursday, 8 August, 12 noon
Where: Near the Sardar Patel statue, next to the Sardar Patel Square bus stop, across from Hind Provision Stores, Naranpura, Ahmedabad 380 013

Pedigree dogs sold in pet shops are typically deprived of proper veterinary care, adequate food, exercise, affection 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 Bhuvaneshwari Gupta. “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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