For Immediate Release:
22 January 2015
Proudly Wearing Indian Tricolour Saris and Holding Flags, PETA and PFA Members Will Urge the Public to Say ‘No’ to Foreign Imports and ‘Yes’ to Indian Community Dogs
Thiruvananthapuram – Accompanied by members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and the Thiruvananthapuram chapter of People for Animals, who will be patriotically wearing tricolour saris and bangles while holding the Indian flag aloft, a giant Indian community dog mascot will encourage passers-by 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”.
When: Friday, 23 January, 12 pm sharp
Where: Outside the main entrance of the Museum Compound, Museum Road, near the museum police station,
“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’s Kriti Sachdeva. “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, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”, urges people to adopt Indian community dogs, who are healthier and more robust than their purebred cousins. Pedigree dogs sold in pet stores are typically deprived of proper veterinary care, adequate food, exercise, affection 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 and eye problems.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.