PETA’s Giant ‘Condoms’ Promote Animal Birth Control Ahead of World Population Day

For Immediate Release:
9 July 2015

Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]

Volunteers Urge Kolkata Residents to Fight Dog and Cat Overpopulation by Sterilising Their Companion Animals

Kolkata – Dressed as giant “condoms” and holding signs that read, “Dogs Can’t Use Condoms. Sterilise Them”, two volunteers with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India will hand out animal birth control leaflets in Kolkata on Thursday in advance of World Population Day on 11 July. PETA’s goal? To help Kolkata residents brush up on their ABCs: animal birth control.

When:             Friday, 10 July, 11 am sharp

Where:           Across the street from MP Birla Planetarium, 96 Jawaharlal Nehru Rd, Chowringhee, Maidan, Kolkata 700071

“Millions of dogs and cats suffer on the streets every year or languish in animal shelters because there are not enough good homes for them”, says PETA India supporter Beas Mukherjee. “PETA urges everyone to get animals sterilised. And if you’re considering adding a dog or cat to your family, never buy – always adopt a homeless animal.”

In Kolkata and across India, unwanted animals are often abandoned on the streets where they  struggle to survive. Many of them go hungry, are deliberately injured or killed, are hit by vehicles or are abused in other ways. Countless 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 a pet store, 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 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. When people refuse to sterilise their companion animals, unwanted dogs and cats suffer and end up abandoned on the streets or in animal shelters. Sterilised animals also live longer, healthier lives and, in the case of males, are less likely to roam, fight or bite.

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