For Immediate Release:
08 July 2011
Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Bhuvaneshwari Gupta; [email protected]
Public Asked to Fight Dog and Cat Overpopulation by Sterilising Companion Animals
Mumbai – 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 Mumbai on Monday, which is World Population Day. PETA’s goal? To help the public brush up on their ABCs – animal birth control.
When: Monday, 11 July, 12 noon sharp
Where: Marine Drive (opposite Cream Centre), Queen’s Necklace, near Chowpatty, Girgaon, Mumbai
“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 Bhuvaneshwari Gupta. “PETA urges everyone always to have their own companion animals and those on the streets sterilised, 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 to 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. Countless others are kept in animal shelters because there aren’t enough good homes for them. Every time someone buys a dog or cat from a breeder or pet store, a homeless animal roaming the streets or waiting in an animal shelter loses the chance to find a good home.
The solution is as easy as ABC: 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. Sterilising helps keep animals off the streets and out of shelters, and sterilised animals also live longer, healthier lives and are less likely to roam, fight or bite.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.