PETA ‘Dogs’ To Chennai: Drop Cruel Plan To Lock Animals Away In ‘Prisons’

For Immediate Release:
21 June 2013

Bhuvaneshwari Gupta; [email protected]
Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]

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Chennai – Wearing dog masks and holding signs that read, “Mayor: Dog Sterilisations, Not Dog Prisons”, volunteers for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India will hold a protest in Chennai on Saturday, slamming the city’s plan to build 15 pounds to lock away as many as 30,000 dogs collected from the streets. In a recent meeting, PETA Director of Veterinary Affairs Dr Manilal Valliyate advised Mayor Saidai Duraisamy that the plan to jail dogs would violate the Animal Birth Control (Dog) Rules, 2001, which require that dogs be released where they were found after sterilisation, and urged him instead to focus on an effective sterilisation effort as well as a comprehensive adoption programme.

PETA points out that as long as the remaining dogs are not sterilised and people continue to buy dogs from pet stores and breeders, the stray-animal crisis will persist. Dogs breed so rapidly that when their territories become vacant, other dogs from neighbouring areas will move in quickly to occupy them. Meanwhile, the dogs who escape imprisonment will continue to multiply. The Voice of Stray Dogs and the Animal Welfare Board of India, a statutory government body operating under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, have also urged the mayor to drop the ill-conceived plans.

When: Saturday, 22 June, 12 noon sharp
Where: At the Mahatma Gandhi statue (opposite police headquarters), Marina Beach, Chennai

“Chennai can build warehouse pounds until they cover the city, and the remaining community dogs will still create thousands of unwanted puppies and populate the streets”, says Chennai resident and PETA India volunteer Niranjan Shanmuganathan. “The answer is sterilisation and adoption – not imprisonment.”

PETA urges all prospective dog or cat guardians to stop buying puppies and kittens sold in pet shops in favour of adopting an Indian community animal and always having the animal sterilised. Just one female dog and all her puppies can produce 67,000 dogs in six years if none of them is sterilised.

Pedigree dogs sold in pet shops are typically deprived of proper veterinary care as well as adequate food, exercise, love and socialisation. Because they are bred for certain exaggerated physical traits, such as droopy ears or long backs, many foreign breeds of dogs – including boxers, German shepherds and pugs – are prone to abnormally high rates of genetic and hereditary disease. Common health ailments in purebred dogs include breathing problems, cancer, heart disease, bleeding disorders, skeletal malformations and eye problems. In contrast, Indian community dogs are healthier and more robust than their purebred cousins.

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