For Immediate Release:
9 July 2012
Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Chani Singh; [email protected]
Public Asked to Fight Dog and Cat Overpopulation by Sterilising Their Animal Companions
Chennai – Dressed as giant condoms and holding signs that read, “Sterilise Dogs – They Can’t Use Condoms!”, two members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India will hand out leaflets encouraging people to get their dog and cat companions sterilised in Chennai on Tuesday, a day before World Population Day. PETA’s point? To help the public brush up on their ABCs – animal birth control:
Date: Tuesday, 10 JulyTime: 12 noon sharp
Place: Outside Semmozhi Poonga (Botanical Garden), near Gemini Flyover, Chennai
“Millions of dogs and cats suffer on the streets every year or languish in severely crowded animal shelters because people do not open up their homes and hearts to them”, says PETA India campaign coordinator Chani Singh. “PETA urges everyone always to sterilise their animals and those on the streets, and if you’re considering adding a dog or cat to your family, never buy – always adopt a homeless animal.”
Across India, unwanted animals are often abandoned on the streets and join stray dogs and cats who struggle to survive. Many of these animals starve to death, are injured or killed in fights, are hit by vehicles or are abused. Others are kept 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 pet shop, a homeless animal roaming the streets or waiting in an animal shelter loses a chance at finding a good home.
The solution is as easy as A-B-C: 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 live longer, healthier lives and are less likely to roam, fight or bite.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.