‘Mrs Universe Famous’ Meenakshi Mathur Joins With PETA India to Pursue Case of Cruel Dog Relocation 

For Immediate Release:

24 August 2020


Swapnil Tiwari; [email protected]

Hiraj Laljani ; [email protected] 

Authorities File Non-Cognisable Offence Report Against Culprit Who Relocated Vulnerable Community Animals  

Gwalior – Following efforts by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and former Mrs Universe Famous Meenakshi Mathur, Gwalior police have registered a non-cognisable offence complaint under The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, against a resident of Madhav Nagar accused of apparently illegally taking two sterilised dogs to a municipal corporation facility on 1 August. One of the dogs has since been returned to his home area, but the location and welfare of the other is unknown.

Photos of Meenakshi with some of the community dogs she helps are available upon request.

“Dogs are naturally territorial, so it’s especially cruel to remove them from their home surroundings, abandon them in an unfamiliar area where other dogs have territorial rights, and expect them to survive,” says Meenakshi. “My friends at PETA India and I hope this sends a signal to people to be kind to stray animals, who lead hard enough lives as it is.”

“We’re thankful to Meenakshi for speaking out for these dogs, who can only have suffered immensely after being discarded in an unfamiliar place,” says PETA India Emergency Response Assistant Swapnil Tiwari. “PETA India is calling on people in Gwalior to help community animals by working with local NGOs and municipal corporations to sterilise and vaccinate them and return them to where they were found.”

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – notes that community dogs are often subjected to human cruelty or struck by cars, and they commonly suffer from starvation, diseases, or injuries. Many end up in animal shelters every year, where they languish in cages or kennels for lack of enough good homes. The solution is simple: sterilisation. Sterilising one female dog can prevent 67,000 births over six years, and sterilising one female cat can prevent 420,000 births over seven years.

To report illegal cruelty to animals or emergencies involving them, people can call PETA India on (0) 98201 22602.

PETA India opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.