As Republic Day Approaches, Beautiful Indian ‘Dog’ Says Adopt, Never Buy

For Immediate Release:
22 January 2014

Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Grishma Myatra; [email protected]

Proudly Holding the Indian Flag, PETA Members Urges Public to Say ‘No!’ to Foreign Imports and ‘Yes!’ to Indian Community Dogs

Nagpur – Accompanied by patriotically dressed members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and Indian Society for Animal-Human Welfare (ISAW) and People For Animals (PFA), decked up in traditional saris and kurtas and waving the Indian flag, a giant Indian community dog mascot will encourage onlookers 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, “Be Proud to be Indian. Adopt an Indian Community Dog. Never Buy.”

When:  Thursday, 23 January, 12 noon sharp
Where: At Variety Square, Amravati Road, Sitabuldi, Nagpur, Maharashtra – 440010

PETA is urging people to skip buying the puppies and kittens sold in pet stores in favour of adopting an Indian community dog. Pedigree dogs sold in pet stores are typically 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 malformation, eye problems and more. In contrast, Indian community dogs are healthier and more robust than their purebred cousins.

“It is 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’s Grishma Myatra. “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.”

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