Nick of Time: PETA India Saves Hundreds of Dogs from Illegal Relocation

For Immediate Release:

28 September 2017


Meet Ashar; [email protected]

Shambhavi Tiwari; [email protected]

After Local Animal Activist Sounds the Alarm, Group Springs Into Action to Spare Strays a Cruel Fate

Ahmednagar – Acting on a tip from a local activist, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has halted an attempt by Ahmednagar district authorities to relocate hundreds of stray dogs to places far outside the city limits in advance of the Honourable President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind’s impending visit to Shirdi on 1 October for an event.

After learning that orders had been passed to move the dogs, PETA India informed senior district authorities that the plan was illegal under the Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001, and The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, which make it a crime to relocate stray dogs, who are naturally territorial. PETA India also cited an order from the Honourable Supreme Court of India decreeing that the law must be followed and that no method other than sterilisation be used to control the population of stray dogs. On 26 September, PETA India received word from the Chief Officer of Nagar Parishad, Shirdi, that the relocation plan had been cancelled.

“This is a victory for the countless stray dogs who would have suffered immensely if they’d been rounded up and discarded in a strange new place,” says PETA India Emergency Response Coordinator Meet Ashar. “PETA India is calling on authorities to deal with the homeless-animal crisis by addressing the root of the problem with sterilisation programmes, not with cruel and ineffective methods, such as relocation. Shirdi Sai Baba, who preached Hindu–Muslim unity and who is revered and worshipped by people all across the country, also preached compassion to all living beings, including dogs. His followers would never want any dogs to be displaced and harmed for their convenience while visiting the Sai Baba temple in Shirdi.”

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – notes that strays on the streets lead lives rife with hardship: they’re 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.

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