PETA Members Wearing Patriotic Colours Join Giant ‘Indian Community Dog’ In Promoting Adoption

For Immediate Release:

24 November 2011


Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]

PETA Members Urge the Public to Say ‘No!’ to Foreign Imports and ‘Yes!’ to Indian Community Dogs in Advance of Bangalore Canine Club Show

Bangalore – Accompanied by patriotically dressed members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India decked out in traditional saris and kurtas and waving the Indian flag, a giant Indian community dog mascot will encourage passersby in central Bangalore to “get patriotic” and adopt only 100 per cent Indian community dogs instead of buying foreign breeds from a breeder or pet store. PETA’s dog mascot will hold a placard that reads, “Adopt an Indian Dog, Never Buy”. The protest is being held in advance of the Bangalore Canine Club dog show, which is taking place this weekend and will promote the buying of purebred dogs.

When: Friday, 25 November, 12 noon sharp

Where: Outside The Forum Mall #21 Hosur Road, Koramangala, Bangalore – 95

“It is simply irresponsible for anyone to breed or buy animals when there are millions of homeless Indian community dogs and cats languishing on the streets and in animal shelters”, says PETA India Chief Functionary Poorva Joshipura. “Every time someone buys a foreign purebred puppy or kitten from a breeder or pet store, an Indian community animal loses his or her chance at finding a loving home.”

PETA is urging people to skip buying the puppies and kittens sold by breeders and in pet stores in favour of adopting an Indian community dog. Pedigree dogs sold by breeders or in pet stores are often 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 – suffer from abnormally high rates of genetic and hereditary diseases. Common health ailments in purebred dogs include breathing problems, cancer, heart disease, bleeding disorders, skeletal malformations, eye problems and more. In contrast, Indian community dogs are healthier and more robust than their purebred cousins.

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