PETA Asks Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation to Erect Statue of Indian Community Dog in City Centre

21 July 2010

From:   Nikunj Sharma +91 9967766220; [email protected]

This morning, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India sent a letter to IP Gautam IAS, Municipal Commissioner of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), urging him to erect a statue of an Indian community dog in central

Ahmedabad. In the letter, PETA points out that community dogs are just that – part of the community – and deserve kindness and respect. PETA also commends AMC for agreeing to improve the way that it catches, sterilises and vaccinates dogs – in the past, iron tongs were used and dogs were dumped in unfamiliar places.

In the letter, PETA explains that a statue of a community dog would encourage residents to treat the animals kindly, to support vital and humane sterilisation efforts and even to adopt community dog. Renowned film producer Pritish Nandy recently posed for PETA with his own rescued community dog while wearing a T-shirt reading, “I Love Indian Dogs: Adopt, Don’t Buy”. Community dogs make the best companions because they aren’t predisposed to any particular health ailments (as pedigree dogs often are), and they are grateful to be taken off the streets and welcomed into a loving home.

“It’s time that community dogs get the respect that they deserve, and erecting a statue in their honour would go a long way towards fostering that respect”, says PETA’s chief functionary, Poorva Joshipura. “By honouring community dogs, we bring ourselves one step closer to ending their mistreatment.”

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PETA’s letter to IP Gautam IAS, Municipal Commissioner of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, follows.

21 July, 2010

Shri IP Gautam IAS
Municipal Commissioner
Sardar Patel Bhuvan, Danapith
Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation
Ahmedabad – 380 001

Dear Shri IP Gautam IAS,

I am writing to you on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India to ask you to consider erecting a statue of an Indian community dog in central Ahmedabad as a reminder to residents and Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) workers that these dogs are a part of the community and should be treated with respect.

We commend the AMC for cooperating with the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) to work toward a more humane approach to catching, sterilizing and vaccinating dogs in the city in place of using cruel iron tongs and dumping the animals in places they are not familiar with. By erecting a statue of a community dog, AMC could do more to elevate the status of these friendly and lovable dogs and hopefully encourage many people to treat these animals with compassion, support sterilization efforts or even to bring community dogs into their homes.

Indian community dogs make wonderful, loyal companions. They are highly adaptable, quick learners and playful. Community dogs also tend to be more even-tempered and healthier and than their purebred cousins are. If AMC actively uses the statue as an opportunity to highlight important animal welfare issues and encourage people to adopt these animals instead of buying animals from breeders or pet stores, there will be less dogs struggling to survive on the street.

Won’t you please consider our plea to help Ahmedabad’s community dogs further by building a statue in their honour? I look forward to hearing from you soon about this proposal to demonstrate respect for dogs in your city.


Poorva Joshipura
Chief Functionary