For Immediate Release:
09 July 2019
Deepak Chaudhary ; [email protected]
Hiraj Laljani ; [email protected]
Scores of Stray Cats in the City Will Lead Healthier, Happier Lives – and Many More Will Be Spared a Lifetime of Suffering on the Streets
Mumbai – In a critical move to help curb the homeless-animal crisis, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India sterilised over 500 community cats in areas of Mumbai with extensive homeless cat populations through its programme in collaboration with the Bombay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Youth Organisation in Defence of Animals. The cats also received vaccinations, treatment for injuries, and proof-of-sterilisation ear tags before being released back into their territories.
A video about the cat sterilisation programme is available upon request.
“Sterilising over 500 cats will prevent thousands of potential offspring from being born into difficult lives on the streets, where they face numerous dangers,” says PETA India Emergency Response Coordinator Deepak Chaudhary. “And PETA India isn’t stopping there – we’re committed to expanding this much-needed service in order to help more cats in the city.”
In Mumbai and across India, stray animals struggle to survive. Many of them go hungry, are deliberately abused or killed, are hit by vehicles, or suffer in other ways. Countless others end up in animal shelters because there aren’t enough good homes for them. Every time someone buys a dog or a cat from a breeder or a pet shop, a homeless animal roaming the streets or waiting in a shelter loses a chance at finding a 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. Sterilised animals also enjoy longer, healthier lives – and neutered males are less likely to roam, fight, and bite.
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.