“Man’s Best Friend” Teaches Bhubaneshwar Municipal Corporation And Residents Their ABCs As Teacher’s Day Approaches

For Immediate Release:
1 September 2010

Madhuri Deshmukh; [email protected]
Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]

Bhubaneswar – In advance of Teacher’s Day, an adorable bespectacled “dog” carrying a blackboard and a pointer will hold a class outside Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) to help people brush up on their ABCs (animal birth control). The educational event is part of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s and People for Animals’ (PFA) efforts to combat animal overpopulation. The canine teacher will urge everyone to have their cats and dogs sterilised:

Date:   Friday, 3 September
Time:  12 noon
Place:  In front Buxi Jagbandhu statue, near BMC, Gautam Nagar, Bhubaneswar

There are approximately 18,000 stray dogs in Bhubaneswar. Community dogs and cats across India struggle to survive on the streets – many of them starve to death or are injured, hit by vehicles or abused. Countless others languish in animal shelters because there aren’t enough good homes for them. Every time someone buys a dog or cat from a breeder or pet store, a homeless animal roaming the streets or waiting in an animal shelter loses his or her chance at finding a good home.

The solution is as easy as ABC: animal birth control. Sterilising one female dog can prevent 67,000 births in six years, and sterilising one female cat can prevent 420,000 births in seven years. Because some people don’t sterilise their animal companions, many other dogs and cats suffer and end up abandoned on the streets or at animal shelters. Sterilised animals also live healthier, longer lives and are less likely to roam, fight or bite.

“Dogs and cats are suffering on the streets every year because there are not enough good homes for them, and yet animals continue to breed”, says PETA India campaign coordinator Madhuri Deshmukh. “We encourage the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation and the public to help by always sterilising animals and by adopting homeless Indian cats and dogs.”

For information on sterilisation and animal adoption, please contact Jiban Das of PFA Bhubaneswar on 094370 20717. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.