Painted Like an Indian Flag, PETA Beauties to Push for Desi Dog Adoptions

For Immediate Release:
24 January 2013

Sachin Bangera; [email protected]
Bhuvaneshwari Gupta; [email protected]

Group Will Mark Republic Day by Asking Mumbaikars Never to Buy ‘Foreign’ Dogs From Pet Shops or Breeders

Mumbai – With their bodies painted in the colours of the Indian flag and holding a banner that reads, “Be Proud to Be an Indian – Adopt a Desi Dog”, three members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India will greet the crowd at the Gateway of India on Friday, just before Republic Day. The patriotic group’s point? That prospective dog guardians should adopt a lovable Indian community dog from the streets or an animal shelter and never patronise breeders and pets shops that sell “foreign” purebreds and thus add to the crisis of stray and abandoned animals.

When: Friday, 25 January, 12 noon sharp
Where: Near the Gateway of India, opposite the Taj Mahal Palace, Colaba, Mumbai

“It is irresponsible for anyone to breed or buy animals when there are millions of stray and abandoned Indian community dogs and cats languishing on the streets and in animal shelters”, says PETA India campaigner 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 of finding a loving home.”

PETA is urging people to stop buying puppies and kittens sold in pet shops in favour of adopting an Indian community dog. Pedigree dogs sold in pet shops are typically deprived of proper veterinary care, adequate food, exercise, love 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 – are prone to 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 – both those whose lives are at risk living in the streets and those languishing in shelters – are healthier and more robust than their purebred cousins.

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